Education, Arts & Culture and Grants Consultant
Nonprofit administrator, educator, grant writer, performing artist, musician, community activist, historian, advocate for children and youth -- for the last 20 years, Ron P. Muriera has integrated his various experiences and knowledge into his current calling serving communities locally in the San Francisco Bay Area, California and throughout the nation.
Ron's business, RPM Consulting is based in San José, California and offers a wide range of services which includes: grant writing services, program evaluation, nonprofit systems assessment, fundraising, board development and facilitation. Focused on arts and culture, social justice and educational equity, Ron’s mission as a consultant is to create a healthier, better educated and more equitable society. Passionate about helping organizations and agencies better serve their constituents, Ron has partnered and worked with school districts, non-profit organizations and educational agencies to improve their effectiveness, expand their services, and target their resources to better serve their communities.
As the sole proprietor of RPM Consulting, Ron has helped several organizations and agencies obtain funding from government, public and private sources. Having a long history of involvement in community planning and collaboration as well as extensive experience providing technical assistance to Federal TRIO Program personnel (specifically Educational Talent Search and Upward Bound), after-school and other school-linked services, Ron has an in-depth knowledge of these areas and has hands-on experience of what a successful program entails. Additionally, As a performing artist himself, Ron is very familiar and knowledgeable on funding for arts and cultural organizations.
Ron has provided service on several nonprofit boards, most notably: Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth in San Francisco; the University of San Francisco’s Partnership Academy and the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP). His professional affiliations include: Asian Pacific Islander Justice Coalition of Silicon Valley, Asian Pacific American Public Affairs Association (APAPA), Asian Pacific American Leadership Institute (APALI), California League of Middle Schools, California League of High Schools, and the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP). He is a proud and long time member of the following performing arts unions: the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (SAG-AFTRA) and Actors Equity Association (AEA).
Ron has been recognized for his work within the San Francisco/Bay Area community as well as for his work as an educator, having been the recipient of several awards which includes the 2006 Steve Holeman Award for Excellence in the field of Educational Equity presented by the Western Association of Educational Opportunity Personnel (WESTOP), and the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month’s “Local Hero Award” in 2000 sponsored by KQED-TV San Francisco and Union Bank of California.
Recently, Ron was re-appointed to the City of San Jose's Arts Commission, and invited to serve on the San Jose Advisory Board of the Center for Asian American Media's CAAMFest San Jose. In addition, Ron is a national trustee representing Northern California on the board of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS), as well as administrator of the Santa Clara Valley Chapter of the Filipino American National Historical Society (FANHS) in San Jose, California, the eighth chapter out of 28 chapters nationwide of FANHS. Ron also serves on the advisory board of the San Francisco Filipino-American Jazz Festival, is Vice President on the Board of Trustees of the California History Center Foundation, and sits on the community advisory boards of De Anza College and Mission College's Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) Projects.
Ron's professional affiliations include: the American Evaluation Association, and the Grant Professionals Association, where he currently serves as the Northern California Chapter President.
Areas of Expertise and Practice: Nonprofit management and organization; grant writing and research; educational equity; cultural competency; diversity issues; Filipino-American history and research; youth leadership development and advocacy; legislation and policy issues related to access to higher education opportunities for low-income, first generation college youth; Asian Pacific Islander (API) political and civic engagement, and the performing arts (comedy, dance, film, theater, and music).