Misty currently serves the Central Valley community in dual roles — as the Chief Impact Officer of the James B. McClatchy Foundation and as Interim Program Director for the Central Valley Journalism Collaborative, a journalism nonprofit started by JBMF in 2021. She cares deeply about the people in the Central Valley of California.
She oversees and guides JBMF’s grantmaking strategy, facilitating funding to advance a multiracial democracy by investing in organizations driving impact and sustainability centered around the foundation’s core goals: community-based local journalism, early education for the youngest dual language learners, and cultivating the next generation of diverse leadership.
Misty brings over 15 years of nonprofit leadership, capacity building, and community organizing experience to her role. She is trained as a participatory design facilitator and has delivered over 100+ local and global convenings in multiple languages across 11 countries spanning issues of environment, immigration, women’s advocacy, art and culture, and youth media.
Previously, she’s served as the Chief Administrative Officer for UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education and currently serves on the Board for Aspiration, Journalism Funding Partners, and the California School Age Consortium (CalSAC).
My family is a restaurant family. My grandparents had restaurants, my parents owned a restaurant. My father’s side is from Zacatecas, Mexico. My mom was a waitress from Sacramento’s Oak Park. The story of my family was not only food but also being a community hub. In our restaurant business, we were doing more than feeding people, we were fostering connection.
Observing my parents provide a living for our family while bringing people together was my training ground. This was my introduction to understanding the meaning of creating space for fellowship and shared purpose. My family’s experience and stories initiated me into community work and philanthropy.
Bringing people together for a purpose is the core of what I do. Throughout the years, this work has taken me around the world, developing a participation-based facilitation process that forges connection, surfaces common understanding, and moves communities and organizations forward. This background carries through in my role at JMBF where I endeavor to cultivate a space for our grantee partners though collaboration, facilitation and engagement of their work in the community.
To me, success is defined by the communities I serve. It is driven by a desire to help people create opportunities for themselves, to be what they desire to be — changemakers who are shifting power dynamics in communities or personal transformations to become the change they hope to see in the world.
I am a proud mom of two beautiful daughters. Besides my family and career, I enjoy advocating for systems and narrative change led by youth voices. Some of my favorite times were dancing with the Latin Dance Grooves at the annual San Francisco Carnaval and volunteering with the Precita Eyes Murals, an inner-city, community-based, mural arts organization working to enrich and beautify urban environments.