The Board of Directors of Sacred Heart Nativity Schools in mid-January announced the selection of Deacon Rubén Solorio as President in July 2018 succeeding Sonya Arriola.
In a letter from Board of Directors Chair Katie Burke to the community, Deacon Solorio was described as “a highly regarded leader with a deep commitment to providing enthusiastic and mission-centered leadership.”
Most recently, Solorio has been the Director of Individual Giving and Donor Stewardship at YMCA of Silicon Valley. For many years, he spent time working throughout the Diocese of San Jose in leadership roles at the Chancery, Sacred Heart Parish, Catholic Charities of Santa Clara County and Sacred Heart Community Service, as well as a number of other faith-based organizations. Solorio is a graduate of Bellarmine College Preparatory, the Graduate Program for Pastoral Ministries at Santa Clara University and completed the Deacon Formation Program followed by his ordination in 2012 in the Diocese of San Jose.
Burke continued in the letter, “What impressed us while going through the extensive interview process was Rubén’s connection with the faculty, staff, parents and students of our community. With 25 years of working in the Diocese, 10 of those directly with the Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish community, Rubén is fully bilingual and bicultural and deeply understands the needs of our school community.”
In addition, outgoing President Arriola was praised for her commitment.
“Sonya has been a tenacious, compassionate and strong director of the work at Sacred Heart Nativity Schools,” Burke said in the letter. “Please join us in thanking Sonya for her leadership and wishing her well in her future endeavors.”
Solorio will begin job sharing with Arriola on March 1 to ensure a seamless transition.
Sacred Heart Nativity Schools (SHNS) provide a transformative middle school education to low-income youth in San Jose and believe in breaking the cycle of poverty through education. Learn more about the Sacred Heart Nativity Schools at www.shnativity.org.