Misty Avila supports lifelong learning programs at UC Davis Division of Continuing and Professional Education to serve non-traditional and professional learners and create pathways for community access to university resources. At UC Davis, Misty previously managed a health sciences academic portfolio. She currently serves on the board of Aspiration, a nonprofit technology organization. Prior, she was program director for Aspiration collaborating with community organizations to identify emerging leaders in social justice and technology. Misty formed the Central Valley eAdvocacy capacity building program and statewide network for underserved nonprofits in rural California. She instructed nonprofit communications and technology workshops tailored to grassroots efforts including immigration reform, human rights, youth media, environmental justice, and community health.

Misty has trained and delivered the Aspiration participatory facilitation methodology for the design of interactive strategic technology events around the globe. Her favorite experiences include Open Cambodia 2014, the SEATTI Participatory Budget Convening in Indonesia, the RYSE Youth eAdvocacy training series in Richmond, CA, workshops at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit, and as program curator for Mozilla’s largest public facing event, the Mozilla Festival, in London. Misty enjoys participating in the annual Carnaval in San Francisco part of Latin Dance Grooves and advocating for systems change led by youth voice.

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