Over the past six years, we’re grateful to have had many passionate and talented individuals join and serve on our Board of Directors, supporting Digital NEST as we’ve grown into an organization that is making an impact across the Monterey Bay region. As we embark on another exciting year of expanding our mission into new communities, it is with great privilege that we introduce an incredible group of new board members joining our team!
We are thrilled to bring on a wealth of expertise in these four individuals, who each bring experience and perspective from their unique backgrounds. Most importantly, they are excited to join our board and support the mission of Digital NEST.
Get to know a little about each new board member below, and please join us in welcoming Martha Nino, Jennifer Dacquisto, Karen Catlin and Diana Peña-Alas!
“Success is the opportunity to give back to others – 2021 makes it official for me. Two years ago, I volunteered to give Digital NEST students a tour of the Adobe offices and to share the possibilities of working in tech. During the tour, I shared my personal experience of how through hard work, focus and amazing support along the way – dreams can come true. Who knew that this encounter two years ago would come full circle? With an open heart full of gratitude – I am proud to have been selected as a board member – together, we will do amazing things this upcoming year. I also look forward to the Digital NEST tour in 2021, now how amazing is that.”
Martha Niño is a speaker and Senior Marketing Manager at Adobe. She was born in a small town in central Mexico. Dreaming of a better life, her parents, humble cotton pickers, took a risk in coming to the U.S.A. She was raised in the town of Fremont, CA, and is one of 3% of Latinos who have had an amazing career in the competitive world of tech for over 20 years. The obstacles, experiences, opportunities and people she has met throughout her life are her life story. Her hope is that with every word she speaks and writes – others see hope, opportunity and perhaps a different perspective.
Learn more about Martha’s story: https://youtu.be/X5nSo9ySphQ
“Your zip code shouldn’t determine your options. The arbitrary circumstances in which you are born shouldn’t impact your opportunities in life. Digital NEST provides the opportunity for everyone to achieve their dreams and provides the opportunities for every person to thrive and succeed.”
Jennifer Dacquisto is the Senior Vice President and Monterey Bay Market Manager for Bank of America, overseeing Bank of America’s Environmental, Social and Governance work in the region, and working closely with numerous community partners. She is a member of HOLA (Hispanic Organization for Leadership and Advancement) of Monterey Bay, is an active member of LEAD (Leadership, Education, Advancement and Development) for Women, and an LGBTQ Pride Ally. Jennifer has over twenty years of experience leading marketing, branding, communications and community programs in the financial services and community development sectors. Jennifer holds a BA in Communications from Notre Dame de Namur University. She enjoys spending time with her husband and their two children, reading, hiking and traveling.
“As an advocate for diverse and inclusive workplaces, I frequently hear people blame the talent pipeline. It’s usually some form of, “We post a job and only white men apply.” Yet, there is untapped talent in communities across the United States, including California’s rural, agricultural regions. I’m delighted to join the board of Digital NEST to help with their mission to support youth as they learn digital skills and position themselves for well-paying jobs in the tech industry.”
After spending 25 years building software products and serving as a vice president of engineering at Adobe, Karen Catlin witnessed a sharp decline in the number of women working in tech. Frustrated but galvanized, she knew it was time to switch gears. Today, Karen is a leadership coach and an acclaimed author and speaker on inclusive workplaces. Karen is determined to bring more diversity to speaker lineups at tech industry events. To support this goal, she co-authored Present! A Techie’s Guide to Public Speaking with Poornima Vijayashanker. Karen holds a computer science degree from Brown University and serves as an advisor to Brown’s Computer Science Diversity Initiative.
“I am so excited to be joining the Digital NEST Board! As a first generation college graduate, I am so passionate about opening that door for those who come after me. I love what the NEST stands for and I am looking forward to making an impact as best that I can for the youth in our communities!”
Diana Peña-Alas is a Senior Accountant at Netflix where she has worked for 3.5 years. Prior to Netflix, Diana was a part of the Audit practice at Deloitte in San Francisco. She is a first generation college graduate from Sonoma State University where she obtained a BS in Business Administration. Diana was born in the Bay Area to immigrant parents from El Salvador. In her free time, she loves to travel and spend time with her family. Her passion to help first generation college students led her to volunteer her time to give back to her community.
Martha, Diana, Jennifer, and Karen will join our current board of 11 passionate directors, including Antonia Franco (President), Matthew Payne (Vice President, Interim Treasurer), Jason Book (Secretary), Jackie Cruz, Nathalie Kylander, Blanca Baltazar, Hilary Bryant, Tony Nethercutt, Hillary Q. Thomas, and Jennifer Carr.