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Local Leaders Rubén Dario Villa and Scott S. Smith Elected to NEST Board of Directors

Digital NEST is excited to announce the appointment of two new members to the Board of Directors. Rubén Dario Villa of the San José area and Scott S. Smith of Santa Cruz will begin their terms in January 2022. Rubén is a first-generation Chicano born in San José, CA to Mexican immigrants. A first-gen college …

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COVID Response: Innovation and Quick Pivots – Interview with Dr. Michelle Rodriguez, Superintendent of Pajaro Valley School District

Conducted by Jacob Martinez, Founder & CEO of Digital NEST in October 2021. Last month, I had the pleasure of speaking with Dr. Michelle Rodriguez, Superintendent of Schools for Pajaro Valley Unified School District. Dr. Rodriguez believes her primary role as the key decision maker for the largest school district in Santa Cruz County is to …

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Digital NEST Receives Largest Gift from Latino Donor Chavez Family Foundation

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month with a 3-year grant to prepare youth in overlooked agricultural communities for technology careers WATSONVILLE, Calif. – October 15, 2021 l Digital NEST (the NEST) has been awarded its largest contribution from a Latino donor to date. Funds from the Chavez Family Foundation (CFF) will help advance the …

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The Critical Role of Human Resources in a Purpose-Driven Organization

WATSONVILLE, CA – September 7, 2021. For Immediate Release The Critical Role of Human Resources in a Purpose-Driven Organization.  Digital NEST and Eliad Group have partnered since 2017 to center co-creative and values-driven practices in Digital NEST’s technology-focused, workforce development programs for youth in marginalized communities. Recently, Ximena-Ireta Lopez ( Senior Manager for Human Resources …

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Digital NEST Welcomes Dr. Antonia O. Franco As Its First Chief Operating Officer

WATSONVILLE, CA – August 26, 2021. For Immediate Release Former Board President becomes COO ahead of Digital NEST’s next phase of growth.  Digital NEST is proud to welcome Dr. Antonia O. Franco as Chief Operations Officer, a newly created role amid a significant moment of regional expansion for the organization. She brings 25 years of …

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