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Local community and business leaders work together to advance our mission to ensure public schools are places all students can thrive.

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Cynthia Hester, Board Chair Pro Tempore
Global Director of Customer Programs Google Cloud

A passionate storyteller and marketing leader, Cynthia is an effective senior executive with experience in global marketing, customer advocacy, strategic planning, and DEI. She is focused on showcasing the human impact of innovative technology and how it can make a difference in people’s lives. Cynthia currently serves as the Director of Global Customer Programs for Google Cloud and has held roles at HP, VMware, Salesforce, and New Relic.

Cynthia is actively involved in supporting grassroots organizations focused on women's health, social justice, education and environmental issues that impact our world. Her philanthropic work includes support of Unapologetech, The Femmy's (Femtech Awards), Future Females Slovenia, The Biomimicry Institute, Center for Environmental Health, Bay Area Cancer Connection, The Humanity Lab and Ever Forward Club. She has served as board chair of The Biomimicry Institute, AIDS and Breast Cancer Emergency Fund.

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Jen Ablog, Vice Chair
Community and Government Relations Manager Kaiser Permanente

Jennifer Ablog works for Kaiser Permanente as the community and government relations manager. Jen is responsible for fostering a strong governmental, political and community network in the greater Sacramento area.

Prior to joining Kaiser Permanente, Jen was executive director of Cover the Kids and Healthy Kids, Healthy Future, a regional non-profit serving Colusa, El Dorado, Placer, Sacramento and Yuba counties. She began her career working in local government for more than 17 years. She has supported and provided leadership in a multitude of statewide organizations and agencies to address system changes within children’s healthcare. She serves on the City Year and Mack Road Partnership Board of Directors, and previously served on College Track, My Sister’s House, Elk Grove Chamber and Metro EDGE’s Leadership Council. She was the 2017 and 2018 chair of Sacramento Region’s Internal Study Mission’s planning committee presented by the Sacramento Asian Chamber.

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Anette Smith
Consultant Impact Group Enterprises

Ashanti Johnson
Sr. Director of Technical Program Management Salesforce

Ashanti is an award-winning leader with more than 20 years experience in IT and management. A driven problem solver battle-tested in the fields of technology, program/product management, operational excellence, and building global unified teams. Serving as a strategic and trusted advisor to the organization’s senior and executive leadership. According to internal surveys, Ashanti has increased leadership confidence in delivering key programs and initiatives by 25% since joining Salesforce. She’s recognized as a top performer receiving Salesforce 2022 All-Star Award in Product and Technology.

Ashanti developed an exceptional reputation for being a transformational, inspiring leader while working for Fortune 500 companies like Google, Airbnb, Juniper Network, and Dell Technologies. She has managed key company-level programs to drive infrastructure efficiency, providing 10M+ cost savings, leading to $90M+/yearly savings over 3yrs for Box Inc. Leading and executing Airbnb's CTO initiatives across all 2,500+ engineers, data scientists, customer support, and senior leadership teams to build a culture of craftsmanship that led to improving quality and efficiency across the company. As a Google Playstore program manager, Ashanti assisted in scaling Google's 10 million daily users downloading apps securely from the Google Playstore, preventing unauthorized and illegal access from suspicious entities. Her executive presence and communication style, combined with her technical background and a customer-first mentality, gives her a one-of-a-kind ability to blend deep technical expertise with simple, everyday language to deliver a memorable and useful story. Aside from her professional accomplishments, Ashanti is a mother of two and married for 21 years. She mentors students through the arts and education, with a focus on preparing underrepresented students for success. Working with college administrators to develop college-career pipelines while also advocating for non-traditional career paths. Ashanti's professional and community experience, would make her a valued member to any profit or non-profit board.

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Dan Coyle
Partner Delfino Madden

Dan is a partner at the Sacramento law firm of Delfino Madden O’Malley Coyle and Koewler, where he practices management side employment law. Dan has over 35 years of experience working with national and regional employers in navigating the complex and consistently changing employment laws of California. Dan has successfully defended individual and class action employment claims in state and federal court and private arbitration. Dan also counsels employers regarding personnel matters and prepares and implements employee handbooks and policies, draft contracts and confidentiality and severance agreements.

Dan is a life-long resident of the Sacramento area with family roots dating back to the Gold Rush. In addition to his service on the City Year Sacramento Advisory Board, Dan has served on the Organizing Committee of the Legal Services of Northern California Valentine Run, which provides legal support to those in our community in need, and as a member of the Sacramento Pioneer Association Board of Directors. Dan received his undergraduate degree from UC Davis, where he served as editor-in-chief of the university student newspaper, The California Aggie, and his law degree from the Santa Clara University School of Law.

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Ebony Lewis
Chief Strategy Officer, Institute for Diversity, Equity, and Advancement UC Davis

As Chief Strategy Officer at UC Davis, Dr. Lewis leads initiatives and projects that advance the campus DEI strategic goals and oversees the Institute for Diversity, Equity and Advancement (IDEA). Reporting to the Vice Chancellor, Dr. Lewis focuses on developing approaches to centralize initiatives and partnerships involving UC Davis’ existing and new recruitment, retention, and advancement programs and interventions that connect to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Under IDEA Dr. Lewis centralizes efforts to conduct DEI-related research, analyze metrics, scale promising practices, and broadly disseminate outcomes. Dr. Lewis works collaboratively with members of the division’s leadership team and serves as a strategic thought partner to the organization at large. Recognized as an influential leader, Dr. Lewis collaborates& with campus partners and external stakeholders to develop, refine and implement key focused initiatives. Dr. Lewis has been with the University of California for over 20 years, most recently serving as Director of DEI Special Projects. Prior to joining DEI, she served as the Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions in Enrollment Management at UC Davis. Before joining the Aggie family, Dr. Lewis was Associate Director of Admissions at UC Santa Cruz and has significant experience in college admissions, retention practices, and undergraduate DEI efforts. Dr. Lewis holds a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the School of Education at UC Davis, a master’s degree in Public Administration from California State University Hayward, and a bachelor’s degree from UC Santa Cruz.

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Fred Meyers
Director, Center for Precision Medicine and Data Sciences University of California, Davis

Dr. Frederick Meyers is the Director of the Center for Precision Medicine and Data Sciences and distinguished professor of internal medicine/hematology-oncology at UC Davis School of Medicine. He has a long-standing interest in cancer biology, clinical trials, and palliative care. In the 1980s he founded one of the first Palliative Care centers in the country. His service to the University has included 12 years as Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine followed by 7 years as Executive Associate Dean and Vice Dean of the UC Davis Medical School.

UC Davis Center for Precision Medicine and Data Sciences is a leader in precision medicine. Finding precise, targeted, and individualized cures for cancer and all diseases, and improving population health, is his enduring passion. Dr. Meyers is strongly committed to the career development of junior scholars. His appointment as Associate Director for Education, Training and Career Development of the UC Davis’ Comprehensive Cancer Center extends cancer research career development from high school to early faculty career development and to the community. In 2018 he founded the UC Davis School of Medicine Academic Research Careers for Medical Doctors (ARC-MD) program. The goal of this program is to develop the careers of medical students destined to be the next generations of diverse, team science, community-oriented physician scientists. He serves as president of CARES Foundation Board, in Sacramento. The CARES Foundation provides over $1 million a year to community-based organizations to control and eradicate AIDS and STDs from our region. He is a proud member of the City Year Sacramento Board.

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Jennifer Navarro
Director of Development, College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics Sacramento State University

Jennifer Navarro is the director of development for the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Sacramento State. She works with alumni, industry and the community to enhance science and math education at Sacramento State through philanthropy and volunteerism. Previously Jennifer served as associate director of Foundation Giving at UC Davis and as director of strategic partnerships at the American Indian College Fund in Denver, Colorado.

Kenneth "KJ" Johnston
Founder, KJ2 Productions

Kenneth Johnston received his bachelors from Xavier University. After seven years of corporate sales Kenneth succumbed to his passion for film-making and returned to school for his master's of fine arts degree in film studies. In 2010, armed with his knowledge in sales, production and professional freelance video experience, Kenneth opened the doors to his business, KJ2 Productions.

Being a positive and productive role model in his community, he volunteers his time teaching media classes in after-school programs at local high schools. He also devotes time to The Boys and Girls Club and the Alpha Academy Mentoring & Tutoring Program. Kenneth is a Nehemiah Emerging Leadership Program Senior Fellow and has been featured in numerous magazines for his leadership skills. Kenneth has received both California Senate and Assembly Resolutions for work that his company has done in West Africa and Haiti. Kenneth is an avid golfer. He is a proud member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and the 100 Black Men of Sacramento.

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Kenny Thomas
President and CEO T3 Productions, LLC

Richard Musci, Philanthropy Committee Chair
Executive Vice President, Products & Delivery, Golden 1 Credit Union

Richard Musci is the executive vice president, products & delivery at Golden 1 Credit Union. Richard, who joined Golden 1 in 2013, brings more than 20 years of experience in financial services. Richard’s vision and leadership have been integral to strengthening Golden 1’s products and marketing programs, including negotiating naming rights for Golden 1 Center.

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Šejla Begić
Global Implementation Consultant Deloitte

Torreyana Johnson-Tripette, Communications Committee Chair
Mobile Clinics Operations Manager, VSP Global

Torreyana Johnson-Tripette is currently a member of the mobile clinics team at VSP Global, a team she joined in October 2018. In her current role, she is responsible for planning and facilitating mobile clinic events across the country to bring no-cost eye-care and eye-wear to people in need.

Torrey is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. She is a senior fellow in the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders program, 2008 recipient of the Sacramento Observer’s "30 Under 30” award and a 2013 recipient of the Exceptional Woman of Color Award from SacCulturalHub Magazine. Torrey is a current member of the Junior League of Sacramento, where she serves on the Corporate Relations and Diversity & Inclusion committees. Torrey received her master’s degree in public administration and political management certificate from the University of Southern California and her bachelor of arts degree in broadcast journalism from Hampton University.

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