OUR TEAM

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Alejandro Bravo

Project Manager

Alejandro (Ale) Bravo, a native of Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, lends his talents and insight to the Bravo Family Foundation as its project manager. Immediately after Hurricane Maria struck the island, Alejandro was on the ground organizing the Foundation’s early relief efforts and working with community leaders and local residents to ensure supplies were delivered into the hands of those most in need.

Alejandro attended Southwestern Educational Society (SESO) for high school in Puerto Rico before enrolling in Brown University, graduating with a concentration in Modern Latin American History. He has done coursework at the United Nations Human Rights Commission’s headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, and obtained his law degree from The George Washington University Law School.

A practicing attorney in South Florida specializing in criminal defense, Alejandro is a member of the Florida State Bar Association and the Federal Southern District of Florida.

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Guiomar García Guerra

Executive Director

Guiomar brings extensive senior-level non-profit and foundation experience to the role of executive director, with particular knowledge and expertise in matters affecting Puerto Rico. For ten years, she served as founding executive director of the Flamboyan Foundation, leading all aspects of the organization, including the creation of the first donors’ collaborative in Puerto Rico with top local and US foundations investing together toward a common educational outcome. Previously, she worked at the Wallace Foundation in New York City and managed the Ventures in Leadership Fund, a national incubator for leadership programs in education. Guiomar has had other executive and consulting roles with non-profit organizations, universities and private schools in Puerto Rico, Massachusetts and New York.

Early in her career, Guiomar taught in a disadvantaged community in Puerto Rico, in the first school of what is now a thriving Montessori program operating in more than 40 public schools across the Island.

Guiomar has a B.A from Williams College and Masters and Doctorate Degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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Lourdes Blanco

Head of Communications

Lourdes (Lou) is a corporate professional with extensive experience in marketing and information technology. She spent over twenty-three years working for Procter & Gamble in offices around the world, including North America, Latin America, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa. Having lived on three continents, in four different countries, and multiple cities throughout America, Lourdes has a unique understanding and deep appreciation of different cultures.

A native of Puerto Rico, Lourdes received her undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from the University of Puerto Rico, and moved to the United States to earn her master’s degree in Management Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

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Francisco Mendez

Field Operations Manager

Francisco (Paquito) Mendez was born in Puerto Rico and has spent much of his career in construction management in both the public and private sectors. He earned an undergraduate degree in business administration from Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico and a master’s degree in business administration from Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico.

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KYLE KLOPFER

CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

Kyle, a certified public accountant and member of the California Bar Association, oversees all financial operations of the Bravo Family Foundation. He has more than twenty years’ experience in public accounting and tax law, most recently as founding partner of Golden Gate Associates, a San Francisco-based accounting firm that specializes in family office services including foundations and charitable entities. He previously worked at Deloitte & Touche for ten years.

Kyle was raised in Ohio and attended Wittenberg University, where he majored in business with an accounting concentration. He holds an LLM in Taxation from the Golden Gate University School of Law.

Kyle often cycles to the office on weekdays, and spends the other days hiking with his wife, two children and Kenna, a black Labrador — the Klopfer’s have been a host family for a breeder dog through the Guide Dogs for the Blind for five years.

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LEAH SANTIAGO

ACCOUNTING ASSOCIATE

Leah manages the Foundation’s grant work and day-to-day accounting needs. She joined the Foundation from Golden Gate Associates, having previously worked in Wells Fargo’s Social Responsibility department.

Born and raised in the Philippines, Leah moved to the United States when she was fifteen. She enrolled in San Francisco State University, where she graduated with a degree in business administration and accounting concentration in 2015.

She enjoys reading, playing guitar, and frequently volunteers with her local church’s Children’s Ministry program.