Board Members

Dr. Antonia Franco

Non-profit Leadership

Michele Bassi

Past President
Senior Vice President, Lighthouse Bank

Matthew Payne

Product Manager - Plantronics

Jason Book

Attorney, Book & Book

Cristian Gonzalez

CPA, Seghetti Waxler

Hilary Bryant

VP Customer Experience &
Co-founder, Buoy Labs

Jennifer Carr

Business Development Advisor &
Passionate Advocate for More Diversity in High Tech

Rose Filicetti

County Board of Education

Dr. Blanca Baltazar-Sabbah

Associate Superintendent,
Salinas Union High School District

Jackie Cruz

VP of Advancement &
Development, Hartnell College

Hillary Q. Thomas

Director of Research &
Technology, Naturipe Berry Growers, Salinas

Nathalie Kylander

Managing Director,
DRK Foundation

Tony Nethercutt


The Advisory Committee

Bud Colligan 
CEO, South Swell Ventures

Peter Meehan 
former CEO of Newman’s Own Organics 

Mary Ann Leffel
Monterey County Business Leader

Lori Koster 
Former CEO, Mann Packing

Gerlinde Brady
 Faculty, Cabrillo College

Andy Myrick 
Economic Development Manager, City of Salinas

Van Williams
 Vice-Chancellor, UC Santa Cruz

Matt Huffacker
 City Manager, City of Watsonville

Keisha Frost
 CEO, United Way of Santa Cruz County

Tom Minnich
 CEO, Misionero

John G. Holder
Scheid Family Wine

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