The Gene Young Award 2013 Recipient

Sacred Heart Community Service Agency

Poncho Guevara is the Executive Director of Sacred Heart Community Service, one of the leading grassroots antipoverty organizations in Silicon Valley. A native of Santa Clara County, Guevara’s professional career has been geared toward the advancement of low-income families –from providing direct services and community organizing, to serving in executive management roles in nonprofit housing and human service organizations.

Guevara’s experience has reinforced his dedication to creating systemic approaches to poverty through a combination of investments in human services and advocacy for wider public policy solutions. By cultivating and creating bridges between diverse constituencies, he has helped develop and lead campaigns on critical issues in workforce development, children’s health care, homelessness, affordable housing, and minimum wage.

Sacred Heart has grown to develop a wider continuum of social change work that incorporates direct services, community building, civic engagement, policy advocacy, and organizing that touches the lives of over 80,000 stakeholders each year.

Prior to joining SHCS in 2006, Guevara helped build respected nonprofit organizations from the ground floor including Working Partnerships USA, the Interfaith Council, and the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County, in addition to strengthening established community institutions, such as Emergency Housing Consortium and South County Housing Corporation.

Poncho Guevara lives in San José with his wife and two daughters.