Board of Directors


Brian De La Rosa

Brian De La Rosacurrent Board 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.

Nicolas Cardenas
Vice President

Nicolas Cardenas, current Board Vice President, is a grandson of Andrés and Maria Cárdenas and community supporter of the Foundation. 

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.

Ernesto Cardenas
Board Member-Former President

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.

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.
Marcos Cardenas
Board Member
Marcos Cardenascurrent Board Member and grandson of Andrés and Maria Cárdenas. Marcos grew up and attended public schools in the Northeast San Fernando Valley. He later attended UCLA and pursued a career in education. His plans changed when he found success online as a content creator on YouTube. He cares deeply about the community he grew in and joined the foundation as a means of giving back. 

Mateo Barron
Board Member

Mateo Barroncurrent Board Member. Mateo is a native Angelino and son of El Salvadoran and Mexican immigrant parents. Mr. Barron attended Loyola Marymount University where he pursued a B.A. in Business with emphasis in Marketing and Management. Shortly after graduating, he entered the entertainment industry for a short stint and eventually found his career in commercial insurance. He began working with AIG as a professional associate and is now Assistant Vice President, Senior Underwriter at AXA XL, one of the leading providers of Property & Casualty global programs.

JJ Soria
Board Member

JJ Soria current Board Member. JJ has an extensive acting resume including many notable television series such as Dexter, The Shield, CSI Miami, Sons of Anarchy, The Closer, Bones, Army Wives and Southland. In 2018, he was cast as a series regular in the action-packed cop drama, The Oath for Sony's streaming service Crackle. He currently co-stars in the Netflix series Gentefied executive produced by America Ferrera. During his free time, Soria finds ways to contribute to causes that are close to his heart. He is a student of life, always seeking out new adventures and learning about other cultures. Some of the organizations he has worked with include Wounded Warriors, 18 for 18, and the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Marco Calderón
Executive Director

Marco Calderón, Executive Director. Marco has spent over twenty years working in the non-profit sector including six years as a high school Spanish teacher and soccer coach. He holds a M.A. in Catholic School Administration from Loyola Marymount University. Prior to joining AMCFF, Marco worked in Operations at the LA Ronald McDonald House and as the Assistant Director of Programs at Kidspace Children's Museum in Pasadena, CA where he worked on a successful $13.5 million capital campaign.  He is the proud father of Samantha and Marc, and grandparent to Henry, Ellie and Sophia.  He lives in Whittier, CA with his wife Rosita.