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“We believe that technologies are not the most important things, but that the human relationships behind it and how people connect is what is going to build power for any type of movement,” explains Misty Avila, Program Director for Aspiration, the nonprofit which organized the event.


Public Education Specialist
UC DAVIS EXTENSION, Davis | 2016 – Current
Managing a portfolio of Health Science certificate programs.

Community Facilitator and Curator
Sacramento | 2010 – 2016
Developed and facilitated over 75 participatory events in California and across the Globe from the Central Valley, Berlin, to Jakarta. Responsible for event production, agenda design, and community building. Curator of the annual 2014 Mozilla Festival, 1000 person gathering in London.

Director of Programs
Aspiration, San Francisco | 2011 – 2016
Directed nonprofit programs and staff focused on nonprofit technology building capacity. Founded the CA Nonprofit Technology Capacity Building Statewide Network supporting 300 nonprofits and youth groups in rural and urban communities across California. Responsible for overseeing internship program, strategic program direction, and support fund development.

Program Coordinator

CANFIT, Berkeley | 2008 – 2011
Supported after-school programs to develop culturally competent health programming. Partnered with youth media groups and spoken word artists to deliver statewide workshops designed for young people to find creative ways to take part in the health of their community.
Preserving our Food Traditions and Our Health – Misty Avila, 2009


California Polytechnic State University
San Luis Obispo, California
Bachelors of Science, Food and Nutrition Science