Veronica Gonzales

STEM Learning Ecosystems Consultant

Veronica Gonzales joins the TIES team with extensive and diverse experience in the nonprofit sector.  She has a strong dedication for building partnerships to advance the capacity of communities, especially focused on marginalized populations. Veronica has worked to build programs in the areas of education, child welfare, leadership, and diversity in public service.

Prior to joining TIES, Veronica served as the director of development for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation, managing all fundraising, marketing and events for the organization. In that role she met a $5.5 million fundraising goal, including raising over $1.3 million at the annual fundraising dinner – the highest grossing event in its 11 year history. Additionally, she served as a trusted member of the executive management team building both sustainable fundraising initiatives, as well as advancing strategic projects to support STEM education in Silicon Valley and the greater Bay Area.

“We are making real, deep, transformational change in communities across the globe. 

Prior to that Veronica was associate director for Community Counseling Service Co. (CCS), managing all operations to exceed two multimillion dollar capital campaigns in Northern California. She began her career managing sales and merchandising teams in corporate retail, which continues to be a useful skill set in her ability to serve as a liaison between the private and public sectors. Veronica has strong experience in event management, which includes a portfolio of National Conferences and fundraising events that have exceeded guest attendance and sponsorship goals.

Veronica holds a Master of Science in Social Work, specializing in Social Enterprise Administration and a Bachelor of Arts in International Affairs. She has worked abroad in Latin America and consulted on international projects, including research for UNICEF, that has impacted countries across the globe. Veronica is also an avid traveler, having visited almost 20 different countries.

More About Me

I Bet You Didn’t Know

  • I enjoy reading and spending time with friends and family.  I love exploring and trying new things, including visiting restaurants to try new food, visiting museums and taking long walks/hikes in new areas.

What I Love About My Job

  • We are making real, deep, transformational change in communities across the globe.  TIES meets communities where they are and works with them to achieve the goals relevant to their stakeholders.  TIES is flexible, listens well and leverages an entire organization’s diverse expertise in STEM, education, engineering, community organizing, etc. to empower leaders and create positive change.

A Transforming Moment

  • I have witnessed true “a-ha” moments for communities, including one community that was convinced that they were not able to engage with the business community in any meaningful way beyond a funder/grantee relationship.  The community would actively engage in dialogue that described all of the reasons why they were not able to engage funders in a discussion about STEM education and a talent pipeline.  In a meeting, with attendees present from many different sectors present, a business leader discussed their challenges in hiring talent and their need for an active talent pipeline with youth.  Such discussion, facilitated by TIES, created a whole new dialogue for a community with larger employers in their region!