Director of Programs
Joined Ventures in November 2019.
José develops and oversees the strategic vision of Ventures business development services including business training, coaching, and incubation programs. He provides leadership to the programs department and staff, and is responsible for developing relationships with community organizations to focus on program growth. He ensures that Ventures programs are mission-aligned and meet the needs of our entrepreneurs. He embraces innovation, client success, and integrity and is a leader within microenterprise development.
José has been a very active member in the community. After moving to Seattle from Chicago, he started looking for ways to help underrepresented groups. He joined the Board of Directors at Entre Hermanos where he currently serves as Vice President. During the past year, he started looking for an opportunity to serve with a nonprofit organization with similar values and goals. After learning the history of Ventures, its vision and mission, and how they support the community, he knew he was meant to work at Ventures.
Born and raised in Zacatecas, Mexico, José and his family migrated to Kansas City, Missouri. He holds a B.A. in premedical studies and an M.A. in Educational Administration, Higher Ed. from the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Prior to working at Ventures, José worked in the nonprofit and education sectors for over 10 years. Most recently José was the Director of After School Programs at The Little School in Bellevue. He also worked at Seattle University, UW, University of Illinois and Dartmouth College. His passion for education drives his need to help others, especially those in underrepresented communities. He holds extensive experience in event management, program development and diversity and inclusion initiatives. He is very involved with Seattle volleyball, softball, and kickball leagues and uses those opportunities to connect LGBT players to resources in the area.
To honor his mother and grandmother’s culture and upbringing, José’s dream business is to own a small gathering space for people to enjoy conversations over hot chocolate, pan dulce, and Spanish music from the 70s and 80s.