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Misty Avila

Misty Avila came onboard to the James B.McClatchy Foundation as the Program Officer for Civic Engagement in 2020. She is a nonprofit and community development professional who strives to lead with an inclusive, people-centered approach. Born in Sacramento, Misty cares deeply about uplifting voices in the Central Valley of California. As a nonprofit program director, Misty has over 10 years of experience guiding nonprofit and community initiatives with strategic planning, fund development and community capacity building, including founding a Central Valley Technology Capacity Building Network in 2011 to enable small organizations to amplify their work and voices. As a facilitator, Misty has designed and delivered over 100 participatory global convenings in multiple languages across 11 countries. She most recently served as the Chief Administrative Officer for UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education and actively serves on the Board of Directors for Aspiration, a nonprofit which supports movements with technology. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in Nutrition and Food Science and brings her family restaurant roots into her everyday work. Misty is also a proud mom and enjoys advocating for systems change led by youth voices.