We are not interested in leveling the playing field, we want to elevate it...

About Us

The Amauta Foundation inspires, engages, mentors, and empowers underrepresented youth to pursue education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by immersing them in an innovative curriculum, thereby increasing the numbers of aspirants from traditionally underrepresented groups who enter and succeed in STEM. 

The Amauta Foundation envisions a world transformed by greater socio-economic, ethnic, and gender diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).   All youth will receive superior education, resources, and support for their STEM endeavors.   We are not interested in simply leveling the playing field,  we want to elevate it.

Our Skills

Computer Programming






Data Science

Martin Caraves

Martin Caraves

Attorney, Caraves Law Group (CLG)

Mr. Caraves brings a wide array of experience to the Amauta Foundation. He has over 14 years of experience in the financial market, construction, and real estate industries. Most recently, Mr. Caraves worked as a construction project manager for Capital Projects. There, he was responsible for managing activities related to the development and execution of capital projects – including design and development, contract bid and award, and facilities construction and renovation. While at Capital Projects, Mr. Caraves attended law school at night and earned a Juris Doctor degree from the John F. Kennedy College of Law. Thereafter, Mr. Caraves established Caraves Law Group (CLG), multi-practice law firm, to better serve the needs of Spanish speaking communities throughout the Bay Area. Mr. Caraves focusses his legal practice in the areas of construction and real estate litigation, business law, personal injury, and criminal defense.
Mr. Caraves is originally from Los Angeles but considers himself a Bay Area transplant after almost 14 years of calling the Bay Area home. He graduated from UC Berkeley in 2002, earning a B.S. in Economics. After graduation, Mr. Caraves entered the lucrative world of financial markets, first as a derivative sales/trading analyst for Wells Fargo Capital Markets, and then as an equity options trader at Susquehanna International Group (SIG). It was his experiences on trading floors in Chicago and San Francisco that exposed Martin to the harsh realities of racial and social-capital inequities that plague the financial markets, making it extremely difficult for underrepresented populations to succeed in financial market careers. As a result, he intends to change the playing field by supporting the Amauta Foundation’s mission to mentor, nurture and develop underrepresented youth by helping them tap into their own limitless potential to succeed in their pursuit of education and careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Angie Godinez

Angelica Godinez

Graduate Researcher, NASA Ames Research

Ms. Godinez was born in Oakland, CA and split her time between Jalisco, Mexico and the San Francisco Bay Area. Although her cultura is from Mexico, Ms. Godinez’s academic education is from the United States. She is a youth founder and board member of RYSE center. RYSE is a center where youth are at the forefront of decision-making and addressing issues that affect the Richmond community. She graduated from San Jose State University with a BS in Psychology and is currently finishing an MS in Human Factors & Ergonomics. While at San Jose State university she chartered a chapter of Sigma Pi Alpha sorority. Ms. Godinez teaches for Upward Bound, Mills College and works at NASA Ames Research Center. Ms. Godinez attended Richmond High School, took all the advanced placement courses offered and prospered academically. During her undergrad, she had the opportunity to be part of the Computational Neuroscience program at the University of Pennsylvania where she realized how important it is for Latinas to get exposed to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). She now hopes to use her academic experiences as a Latina in the Contra Costa Unified School District to help the Amauta Foundation’s mission of exposing underrepresented youth to core STEM fields.

Tony Godinez

Tony Godinez

Chief Engineer, INTICO Holdings LLC

Mr. Godinez is natively from Jamay in Jalisco, Mexico. He came to the United States when he was 8 years old and has become a successful entrepreneur in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has over 11 years of experience in construction, general contracting, and real estate investing. He has held many positions in engineering construction in the San Francisco Bay Area and has led projects up to $2M in value. After a successful career as a general contractor, Mr. Godinez turned his attention to real estate investment and has led the creation of the INTICO Holdings team focused on real estate development. Mr. Godinez has pioneered the current algorithm and operational process currently used by INTICO Holdings LLC to research, analyze, and acquire real estate assets.

Mr. Godinez has accomplished most of his work in the Oakland, CA area and would like to now give back to the Oakland community by helping the Amauta Foundation achieve its vision.

Joseph Huayllasco

Joseph Huayllasco


Mr. Huayllasco is natively from the San Francisco Bay Area and has over 16 years of experience in the finance and technology industries. He attended the University of California, Berkeley from 1991 to 1996 where he studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. In 1997, Mr. Huayllasco held a technology position with Barclays Global Investors and was involved in many strategic projects and roles during a time when Barclays Global Investors grew to become the largest asset manager in the world with over USD 1.7 trillion in assets under management. During this time he held many positions covering technology and business operations in trade operations, global trading systems, enterprise architecture and data management and operations. After Barclays Global Investors was acquired by BlackRock in 2009, Mr. Huayllasco stayed on and managed the transition of data technology and operations to the new unified firm. He is currently the CEO of INTICO Holdings LLC and has begun his dream of starting a nonprofit public benefit corporation. In 2013 Mr. Huayllasco incorporated The Amauta Foundation, which aims to identify underrepresented youth in the San Francisco Bay Area who show a math, science, or engineering academic aptitude. The intention is to mentor, teach, and expose these young minds in disciplines, technologies, and projects to better prepare them for higher education and to align them with opportunities in the future to become the next generation of innovative minds in California.

Lilia Huayllasco

Lilia Huayllasco

Planning, Rules & Research, Bay Area Air Quality Management District

Mrs. Huayllasco is a native San Franciscan and has worked at the Bay Area Air Quality Management District for over 26 years. She is currently pursuing two degrees, Business Operations and Business Management, and already holds an associates degree from CCSF. Her favorite quote is…

I’m quirky, silly, blunt, and broken. My days are sometimes too dark, and my nights are sometimes too long. I often trip over my own insecurities. I require attention, long for passion, and wish to be desired. I use music to speak when words fail me, even thou words are as important to me as the air I breathe. I love hard and with all that I have… and even with my faults, I am worth loving. –Danu Grayson

As a young Latina in San Francisco, Mrs. Huayllasco experienced first-hand how difficult it was for underrepresented youth to have success in higher education. As a single mother of two children, she overcame many obstacles to become an educated and successful example for her friends and family. She now hopes to help the Amauta Foundation achieve its mission of mentoring and exposing underrepresented youth to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

Estela Lopez

Estela Lopez Gilliam

Associate Director, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation

Estela Lopez Gilliam is the Associate Director of California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation in Sacramento, CA. Prior to her current position, she was a Staff Attorney with the San Francisco Superior Court Family Law Self-Help Center for eleven years. At the court she assisted individuals who did not have attorneys and coordinated and supervised the Self-Help Center’s volunteer program.
Estela received double degrees in Chicano Studies and Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and her law degree from Santa Clara University School of Law. After graduating from law school, Estela was awarded, the Earl Johnson Community Lawyer Fellowship, an honor given to only one graduating law student in the state of California who intended to pursue a career in public interest law. During her fellowship she worked with the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights in San Francisco representing immigrant clients impacted by the 1996 Welfare Reform Law. After leaving the Lawyers’ Committee, Estela worked with the Public Defenders’ Office in Santa Clara County.
Estela serves on the advisory board of the Katherine & George Alexander Community Law Center and on the board of directors of California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation. She has been an attorney coach for the Wiley Manuel Moot Court Competition and a volunteer attorney for the Lawyers’ Committee For Civil Rights Thursday Night Immigration Clinic. Estela actively mentors students in Hollister and in the Bay Area. She often speaks at student empowerment conferences such as Adelante Mujer Hispana, the Latino Role Model Conference, LULAC Conferences as well as at local public schools.
Estela grew up in Hollister. She is one of eight children and the first in her family to graduate from college and law school. She is married to Haywood S. Gilliam and they have an eight-year old daughter, Maya.

Marty Quintanilla

Marty Quintanilla

Senior IT Manager, Williams Sonoma

Mr. Quintanilla was born in Diriamba, Nicaragua and immigrated to the US in 1978 making San Francisco his new home. After high school he joined the United States Marine Corps where he was first exposed to technology.   After the Marines Mr. Quintanilla began his career as an IT Professional focused primarily in Core Infrastructure Services.  This career led him to Barclays Global Investors in 1997 where he joined IT as a Server Administrator and eventually took on his first leadership role.   As Barclays Global Investors became the largest asset manager in the world, Mr. Quintanilla continued to grow his technical and leadership capabilities and ultimately became a Director, responsible for the entire Global Network Services Team with oversight for delivering network connectivity to all BGI offices located across 32 different countries around the world. 
While his focus has been in the delivery of IT Core Services for the past 19+ years, his passion has always been in building efficient and successful teams.  Mr. Quintanilla describes leading high performing teams as one of the most challenging and rewarding achievements of his career.  “When Joseph asked me to join him at the Amauta Foundation, it was both an honor and a privilege for me.  I look forward to empowering Amauta to aggressively achieve our goal of enabling young minds to reach their full potential in the field of science, technology, engineering and math.” - Marty Quintanilla

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