Board of Directors

Ernesto Cardenas

Ernesto Cardenas is one of Andres and Maria’s eleven children and knows first hand the morals, discipline and hard work his parents passed on to the family. As Board President, Ernesto brings history and tradition to the Foundation.  He holds a Master in Business Administration from California State Polytechnic University and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Santa Barbara. His work in the business field for companies such as AT&T, Pac Bell, SBC as well his voluntary work for the Tournament of Roses and Boy Scouts of America brings a range of ideas that can be applied to the Foundation. He envisions a Foundation that will keep up with the changing times and be contemporary and up to date for the students that it serves.

Brian DeLaRosa
Vice President

Brian De La Rosa, current Board Vice President, is married to one of Andres and Maria Cardenas 32 grandchildren and community supporter of the Foundation. Mr. De La Rosa's involvement with the Foundation began with his experience as an application reader, which intrigued him to become more involved as a Board Member. His background in Marketing Development and Project Management, with a B.A. in Business Marketing from California State University, Fullerton, led him to work for Disney Consumer Products and Comcast Entertainment Group. His experience assists in ensuring the progression of the Foundation in becoming a respected and recognizable endowment.

Isabel Cardenas

Isabel Cardenas, current Board Treasurer, is married to one of Andres and Maria’s 10 children. Isabel is from East Los Angeles and currently resides in Sylmar, California with her husband of 18 years and their three children, Armando, Daniel & Marco. Her current profession as an Accountant’s aide highly qualifies her to manage the budget of the Foundation, in which she ensures the maximum amount for scholarships to students. She has over 30 years of customer service focused on Spanish-speaking Latino families, Students and their parents in the private and non-profit sectors. She envisions the Cardenas Foundation becoming an endowment.

Angélica Loa Pérez

Angélica Loa Pérez is a granddaughter of Andrés and Maria Cárdenas. Angélica earned a dual Master’s degree in Public Art Studies and Urban Planning from the University of Southern California and double Bachelor’s degrees in Ethnomusicology and Latin American Studies at the University of California at Los Angeles.  She served as a founding board member of Tia Chucha’s Centro Cultural in Sylmar from 2003 until 2008.  In her current position with the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs, Angélica manages the Music LA Program by partnering with local non-profit organizations to increase access to high quality music and multidisciplinary arts programming for youth citywide. Angélica resides in Los Angeles with her husband, Henry, and their two young children, Elias and Natalia. She is honored to serve on the board of the AMCFF to support the academic achievements of scholars from the San Fernando Valley in the name of her grandparents.

Louie Sanchez

Louie Sanchez has proudly supported the Andres y Maria Cardenas Family Foundation for over 16 years and is one of its original supporters. Mr. Sanchez is a product of one of the ten high schools that the AMCFF currently awards scholarships to and views his service to the foundation as his opportunity to give back to his community. He also attended Mission College where he studied political Science and Journalism. His work as a consultant for the California State Legislature brings a specific set of skills and ideas that can be applied to the work done by the foundation. Mr. Sanchez currently serves on the executive board for the foundation and is a member of the fundraising and communications committees. It’s his hope that the foundation can become a self-sustaining organization.

Yvette Cardenas Board Member

Yvette S. Cárdenas, is married to one of Andres and Maria’s grandsons and has embraced the values of the Cárdenas family. Yvette grew up in Los Angeles and currently resides in Stevenson Ranch, California with her husband Richard. She holds a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California, School of Social Work and a B.A. in sociology from California State University, Los Angeles.  She has 12 years’ experience working in the social services field serving Spanish-speaking Latinos and indigent communities. In addition to direct mental health practice, she has experience in program development and event planning.  Her work experience, passion, and dedication to empowering and improving the lives of disadvantaged and vulnerable communities, such that of the San Fernando Valley, allow her to make significant contributions to the Foundation and ensure that the strategies of AMCFF address the evolving needs of the communities served.
Candy Navarro
Board Member
Candy Navarro is a current board remeber that was born and raised in the northeast San Fernando Valley.  Being a first generation college student, Candy has fully taken advantage of the resources presented to her and with the support of many teachers, community members and her family completed an undergraduate degree in Psychology and Spanish from Pitzer College and a Masters in Education from Harvard University. Candy now serves as a mentor to students from the San Fernando valley in mentoring students to dream and work hard to overcome adversity.

Yolanda Fuentes-Miranda
Board Member

Yolanda Fuentes Miranda has been a Cardenas family friend for over 15 years and is an alumnus of San Fernando High School, one of our current eligible high schools. She holds a B.A in Spanish from California State University, Northridge.  She has worked with numerous non-profits from the same community such as San Fernando Valley Youth Foundation and Hispana Organized for Political Equality. She currently holds the position of Associate Director of Neighborhood and Community Services for the Mayor of Los Angeles. She brings a priceless amount of knowledge in community relations and related assets to the Foundation. She resides in Pacoima with her daughter Angelica and is expecting for the first time in April 2010.  Her husband, Luis Miranda, is currently enlisted in the US Army and stationed in Iraq.