Welcome to the new Gilroy Foundation website!

Jaclyn Muro
Executive Director jmuro@gilroyfoundation.org

Jaclyn Muro is a Gilroy native with a specialization in Strategic Brand Management and Public Relations, having graduated from UCLA. With an unwavering commitment to diversity and equity, Jaclyn is devoted to addressing the unique needs of the Gilroy community. As the Executive Director…

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Renee Garcia
Interim Executive Director for Latino Family Fund / Programs Coordinator for Gilroy Foundation rgarcia@gilroyfoundation.org

Originally from Santa Cruz County, Renee Garcia brings her bilingual and managerial skills to the Gilroy Foundation team. With a strong background in the medical field and a deep commitment to community service, Renee spent the last 25 years in Ventura, raising her two children…

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Sierra Ceballos
Executive and Programs Assistant sceballos@gilroyfoundation.org

Sierra Ceballos is a recent college graduate with a passion for driving positive change and making a difference in the community. With a diverse background in customer service, executive support, program management, and social media management, Sierra brings a unique blend of skills and…

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Kelly Barbazette
Office and Programs Support Specialist kbarbazette@gilroyfoundation.org

Kelly Barbazette, a resident of Gilroy for more than two decades, is honored to contribute to the Gilroy Foundation as the Office and Programs Support…

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Jaclyn Muro
Executive Director

Jaclyn Muro is a Gilroy native with a specialization in Strategic Brand Management and Public Relations, having graduated from UCLA. With an unwavering commitment to diversity and equity, Jaclyn is devoted to addressing the unique needs of the Gilroy community. As the Executive Director of Gilroy Foundation, Jaclyn is resolute in her mission to make a positive and lasting impact in the community she holds dear. Notably, she is also raising her family in Gilroy, instilling in them the core value of community philanthropy and the significance of giving back.

Harnessing her academic excellence and practical expertise, Jaclyn excels in developing comprehensive strategies that precisely cater to the specific requirements of the Gilroy community. She recognizes the pivotal importance of amplifying diverse voices, cultivating cultural sensitivity, and fostering equitable opportunities for all individuals.

With an unyielding passion for leveraging her skills in strategic brand management and public relations, Jaclyn eagerly collaborates with organizations and community leaders to bring about transformative change. She firmly believes in the transformative power of effective storytelling and communication to shape perceptions and drive meaningful impact.

During her leisure time, Jaclyn indulges in immersing herself in the vibrant local art and cultural scene, finding inspiration in the diverse perspectives that thrive within Gilroy. Her steadfast commitment revolves around nurturing an inclusive community where the voices of all individuals are not only heard but also valued and celebrated.

Before her tenure at Gilroy Foundation, Jaclyn served as the Executive Director of Latino Family Fund, spearheading initiatives that brought about positive change within the Latino community. Throughout her career, she has fostered robust partnerships with esteemed community leaders, devoted donors, and passionate volunteers, collectively working towards the attainment of enduring outcomes.

Renee Garcia
Interim Executive Director for Latino Family Fund / Programs Coordinator for Gilroy Foundation

Originally from Santa Cruz County, Renee Garcia brings her bilingual and managerial skills to the Gilroy Foundation team. With a strong background in the medical field and a deep commitment to community service, Renee spent the last 25 years in Ventura, raising her two children and actively volunteering in various organizations.

Throughout her journey, Renee’s compassion and dedication have led her to support local schools, 4-H clubs, Ventura Land Trust, the women’s shelter, and the Cancer Research Center at Community Memorial Hospital. Her involvement in these causes reflects her belief in the power of making a difference in the lives of others.

Since returning to the Gilroy area, Renee has immersed herself in her passions, including gardening, hiking, traveling, and reconnecting with old friends. In her role as the Interim Executive Director of Latino Family Fund and the Programs Coordinator for Gilroy Foundation, she channels her energy and expertise into making a meaningful impact on the lives of individuals and families in need.

Renee firmly believes that everyone deserves equal opportunities and access to resources, and she works tirelessly to ensure that underserved communities receive the support they need to thrive. Her dedication makes her an invaluable asset to our organization.

Renee’s motto, inspired by Rumi, reflects her core values: “Helping one person might not change the whole world, but it could change the world for one person.” She brings this guiding principle to her role, ensuring that every action she takes contributes to the betterment of the community she serves.

Sierra Ceballos smiling portrait
Sierra Ceballos
Executive and Programs Assistant

Sierra Ceballos is a recent college graduate with a passion for driving positive change and making a difference in the community. With a diverse background in customer service, executive support, program management, and social media management, Sierra brings a unique blend of skills and experiences to her work.

Sierra holds an Associate’s Degree of the Arts from West Valley College and a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Studies from San Jose State University. Alongside her academic achievements, she continuously seeks personal and professional growth opportunities to stay abreast of the latest trends and best practices in her field.

Passionate about community development, Sierra is committed to supporting the mission of the organizations she serves. Whether it’s assisting with executive tasks, managing programs, coordinating events, or engaging audiences through social media, Sierra approaches each responsibility with enthusiasm and a dedication to excellence.

Beyond her professional endeavors, Sierra enjoys exploring the great outdoors, spending quality time with loved ones, and nurturing her personal wellness through fitness activities. She believes in the power of a strong mind and body and strives to inspire others to achieve their own well-being goals.

With her skills, dedication, and unwavering commitment to community service, Sierra is excited to contribute to the growth and success of organizations that are making a positive impact. Her passion for creating a stronger and more vibrant community shines through in all aspects of her work.

Kelly Barbazette
Office and Programs Support Specialist

Kelly Barbazette, a resident of Gilroy for more than two decades, is honored to contribute to the Gilroy Foundation as the Office and Programs Support Specialist. Her commitment to serving the community aligns seamlessly with the Foundation’s mission to make a positive impact.

Bringing a wealth of experience in print journalism, Kelly has diversified her skill set in communications, public relations, and development. As a dedicated professional, she has raised two daughters in Gilroy, both currently pursuing higher education, and has a deep-rooted passion for community service.

Before joining the Gilroy Foundation, Kelly showcased her talent as a freelance writer, making significant contributions to local publications. She firmly believes that everyone has a unique story, and she is honored to be a storyteller. Kelly’s work includes sharing the narratives of women in leadership roles in South County for Gilroy Life and Morgan Hill Life newspapers. Additionally, she actively contributes to GMH Today magazine, highlighting the vibrant arts community in South County, and serves as a contributing writer for Visit Gilroy.

As the Office and Programs Support Specialist at the Gilroy Foundation, Kelly is excited to utilize her skills and experience to enhance the Foundation’s operations. Her dedication to community engagement and storytelling aligns seamlessly with the Foundation’s vision for a thriving and inclusive Gilroy.

Join us in welcoming Kelly Barbazette to the Gilroy Foundation team, where she continues her journey of making a difference in the community she calls home.