Consejo de Administración y Asesores

Nicole Sánchez CEO y fundador de Vaya Consulting

Nicole ha pasado más de dos décadas de trabajo en la construcción de culturas organizativas inclusivas. Después de terminar su licenciatura en Stanford, Nicole ayudó a construir uno de los primeros programas de AmeriCorps del país. Allí, ella fue capaz de trabajar en la aplicación práctica de la diversidad, la dirección de equipos de personas de todo el mundo al servicio de las comunidades.

El primer trabajo de Nicole trabajar la diversidad en la tecnología fue en 1999, donde vio de primera mano los obstáculos que impiden a las personas con talento tengan acceso a las oportunidades en este sector. A partir de ahí, Nicole pasó a trabajar en la diversidad y la inclusión en la educación superior, el gobierno y finalmente de vuelta en tecnología. Obtuvo un MBA de la Haas School of Business de la Universidad de California en Berkeley, donde ahora sirve como una enseñanza conferenciante “La diversidad en el lugar de trabajo.” Nicole también ha servido como socio director del Centro Kapor de Impacto Social y vicepresidente de Impacto Social en GitHub .

Ella ha sido nombrado un “cambiador de juego” por Spelman College y uno de los “6 mujeres hispanas que cambia el juego” por los fabricantes.

Además, Nicole es una mamá de dos adolescentes y vive con su familia en el San Francisco East Bay, donde nació y se crió.

Jorge Martinez Miembro del consejo

Jorge (George) Martinez is the vice president/chief technology officer at the Knight Foundation. He has 25 years of experience in the IT field. Before joining the foundation, Martinez worked in the advanced systems department of The Miami Herald Publishing Company. Prior to that, he was a systems engineer for MicroAge, whose clients included Dade-Baxter, Baptist Health Systems, Knight-Ridder and Ryder Systems. He earned his bachelor’s of science degree in information technology from Barry University and is a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer.

Marco A. López, Jr. Miembro del consejo

Marco A. López, Jr. is the President and CEO of Intermestic Partners, a premier government affairs and corporate strategy firm that provides strategic business development, market access and policy counsel to both international and domestic organizations. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and serves as Senior Advisor to the Chairman of Grupo Carso and The Carlos Slim Foundation, and has served as U.S. advisor to presidential campaigns in Latin America on topics of national security, border trade and commerce, and economic development. Prior to founding Intermestic Partners, Marco was Chief of Staff at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Customs and Border Protection (CBP), managing an organization with a $12 billion budget and 60,000 employees.

While at CBP, Marco was instrumental in developing key international partnerships that strengthened security while ensuring the efficient movement of people and goods into the United States. He counseled the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Commissioner of CBP on the implementation of new technologies, human resources, and infrastructure to secure America’s Southwest border with Mexico. Additionally, Marco supported and facilitated negotiations with eight Latin American countries to secure regional participation in an important aviation security program credited with identifying and preventing the transit of dangerous people and cargo to the Western Hemisphere. Marco worked with cabinet officials throughout the world including in Mexico, Canada, Panama, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala, Belize, Chile, South Korea, Egypt, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

Before joining DHS, Marco served as the Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. In Arizona, he served in various capacities including Senior Advisor to the Governor, Vice-Chair of the Arizona-Mexico Commission and Policy Advisor for Mexico and Latin America. Additionally, Marco was the Executive Director of the Arizona- Mexico Commission. During his time at the Governor’s Office, Marco played a vital role in policy development regarding immigration, border security, and trade. As part of his key responsibilities, Marco established relationships between the State of Arizona and foreign governments and leaders.

Marco has an accomplished public sector career: at the age of 22, he became one of the youngest mayors in the United States, elected into office at Arizona's largest border community of Nogales, Arizona shortly after graduating from the University of Arizona. He was re-elected by an overwhelming majority of the vote in 2002, one year before being tapped by then-governor Janet Napolitano to serve at the Arizona State Capital.

Carlos Slim Helú Miembro del consejo

Born in Mexico in 1940, Mr. Slim has been an investor and entrepreneur, leading a portfolio of successful companies including; Inversora Bursátil, Casa de Bolsa Inmobiliaria Carso, Minera Frisco, Telefonos de Mexico, America Movil, and Grupo Financiero Inbursa, Inc. Mr. Slim is Co-Chairman of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Broadband Commission for Digital Development 2011. Mr. Slim holds a degree in civil engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM).

Zach Leverenz Miembro del consejo

Zach served as the founding CEO of EveryoneOn until January 2016. He led the growth of EveryoneOn into a national force for social impact and inclusion. After six months of prototypes, Zach launched EveryoneOn nationally in March 2013 with a new ZIP-based eligibility algorithm that expanded EveryoneOn's reach to 36 million Americans who are in-coverage and pre-qualified for home Internet. With a singular focus on providing access to opportunity for all, the organization has adopted a broad, integrative agenda that harnesses the collective expertise and scale of more than 250 cross-sector partners to accelerate meaningful technology adoption for all segments of the unconnected population, including students, families, adults, and seniors. Currently, he serves as in a Social Impact and Innovation role at AARP.

Through the work of EveryoneOn, Zach has became a recognized voice for delivering immediate and practical solutions to the digital divide with unprecedented scale. His work has been mentioned in the New York Times, Forbes, and the Wall Street Journal, among other national media outlets, and he has been a featured speaker at technology leadership forums, including SXSW EDU, CES, Washington Post Live, and Discovery Education. Previously, Zach served as the CEO of Middle East Education through Technology (MEET), a MIT-based technology and social justice organization. He received a B.A. from Dickinson College and an Ed.M from Harvard University, where he was selected as a Reynolds Fellow in Social Entrepreneurship by Harvard’s Center for Public Leadership.

Jordan Usdan Asesor

Jordan Usdan is a Principal Strategist for the Chief Strategy Officer for Microsoft. Formerly, Jordan held several senior roles at the Federal Communications Commission, including Director of Public-Private Initiatives. In this role, Mr. Usdan helped coordinate the FCC's efforts on broadband adoption, digital textbooks, cybersecurity, online safety, and wireless health technology. In this role, he helped launch Connect2Compete and EveryoneOn as a public-private partnership. He joined the Commission in 2009 from Howrey LLP in Washington, D.C., where he practiced after receiving his law degree from Georgetown University. He also served as an a attorney on President Obama's 2008 campaign.

Marco A. López, Jr. Asesor

Marco A. López, Jr. serves as President and CEO of Intermestic Partners, a business advisory firm dedicated to serving international and domestic organizations with strategic guidance and policy direction. He guides U.S. outreach efforts The Carlos Slim Foundation, and that of its affiliate member corporate companies. Before founding Intermestic Partners, Marco served as Chief of Staff at the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Before joining DHS, Marco served for then-Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Director of the Arizona Department of Commerce. At the age of 22, he became one of the youngest mayors in the United States when he was elected into office at Nogales, Arizona’s largest border community, after graduating from the University of Arizona in Tucson.

Paula Ellis Asesor

Paula Ellis es el ex vicepresidente de iniciativas estratégicas de la Fundación John S. y James L. Knight. Fue miembro del comité ejecutivo sobre los programas nacionales y las nuevas iniciativas, responsable de desarrollar y medir el impacto de la estrategia general de la fundación. Anteriormente fue vicepresidente de operaciones de Knight Ridder, donde supervisó 15 periódicos y fue miembro del Comité de Dirección. Ellis obtuvo una licenciatura en gobierno y política en la Universidad de Maryland, donde fue editor del estudiante todos los días. Se graduó de la Universidad de Northwestern con un título de maestría en periodismo.