The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation Announces New Board Chair and Welcomes New Board Officers

The Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF), one of the largest nonprofits in California, is pleased to announce that Jerry G.Velasco has been elected the new Chairperson of MAOF’s Board of Directors. Mr. Velasco has been in the entertainment industry for over 40 years as an actor, producer, union organizer, personal manager, art advocate, and owner of the multimedia entertainment company Velasco & Associates. In addition, Mr. Velasco has served his community as a planning commissioner, elected official, and current Los Angeles County Commissioner.

“It is an honor to work with my fellow Board members to further the organization’s mission to meet the needs of the families and communities we serve across California.” -Mr. Jerry G. Velasco

Other MAOF Board members assuming Officer positions and serving on the Executive Committee include:

Jorge J. Luna

1stVice Chairperson

Jorge Garrido, Jr

2ndVice Chairperson

Frank Ayala


Dr. Lilia Sarmiento


Anita Quiñonez Gabrielian

Immediate Past President

Rudy Beserra

Member at Large

Terri Hernandez-Rosales

Member at Large


About the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation

Since its founding in 1963 in Los Angeles by community leader and civil rights activist Dionicio Morales, the Mexican American Opportunity Foundation (MAOF) has grown to become one of the largest nonprofits in California. MAOF maintains an annual operating budget of over $200 million and, with its 900 team members, serves over 125,000 under-resourced individuals per year across seven counties: Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, San Diego, Ventura, Kern, and Monterey.


MAOF uses a multi-generational approach to uplift the whole family in four service pillars: early childhood care and education services, community development services, senior services, and community partnership services.