Executive Staff

Founder & CEO
Jacob Martinez
He/Him
831-722-6378 ext. 832
Chief operating officer
Dr. Antonia O. Franco
She/Her
831-722-6378 ext. 843
Interim Chief Finance Officer
Ann Thompson
She/Her/Hers
831-722-6378
Interim Chief Program Office, Director of Program Curriculum ​
Yazmin Herrera
She/Her/Ella
831-722-6378 ext. 841

Development & Grants

Development director
E Griffin-Ortiz
He/Him
831-722-6378, ext. 848
Director of operations
Joe Gonzales
He/Him
831-722-6378, ext. 857

Finance & Human Resources

Controller
Jennifer Rego
She/Her
831-722-6378, ext. 833
Grants Manager
Tara Thomas
She/They
831-722-6378
Senior Human Resources Manager
Ximena Ireta-Lopez
She/Her/Hers
831-722-6378, ext. 846
Senior Development Manager
Open!
Administrative Assistant, CEO & CPO
Diana Hernandez
She/Her/Hers
831-722-6378, ext. 830
Administrative assistant, development
Open!
Bookkeeper
Adreana Cornejo
She/Her/Hers
831-722-6378
Employer Partnerships Manager
Sandra Pineda
She/Her/Ella
831-722-6378, ext. 805

Watsonville Programs

Associate Site Manager
Monica Villanueva
She/Her
831-722-6378, ext. 804
Front Desk Staff
Open!
DA+T Program Manager
Genevieve Rico
She/Her
831-722-6378, ext. 840
People projects &
Leadership Manager
Xitlali Cabadas
She/Her/Ella
831-722-6378, ext. 803
WI+T Manager
Mayra Ochoa
She/Her
831-722-6378, ext. 847
PP+L Specialist
Valentina Velasquez
She/Her
831-722-6378, ext. 829

Salinas Programs

W+IT Career Specialist
Jennifer Lopez
She/Her
831-722-6378, ext. 828
Education Specialist,
DA+T Graphic Design
Mayra Ruiz-Valtierra
She/Her/Hers
831-722-6378, ext. 842
Member specialist
Open!
Front desk Staff, Salinas Center
Foram Shah
831-722-6378

bizzNEST

Senior Manager, bizzNEST
Senior Site Manager, Digital NEST Salinas
Omar Perez
he/Him
831-722-6378, ext. 850
Design Manager
Michael Wachs
He/Him
831-722-6378
Web & Graphic Design Specialist
Hassyel Rangel
She/Her/Ella
831-722-6378, ext. 856
Web Development Specialist
Gilbert Haro
He/Him
831-722-6378
Client Specialist
Cosme Lobato-Dondiego
He/Him/El
831-722-6378, ext. 866