Jacob Martinez

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Jacob Martinez
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Born (1977-11-23) November 23, 1977 (age 44)
Los Angeles, CA
NationalityAmerican
CitizenshipUnited States
EducationB.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Masters
Alma materCity College of San Francisco
University of California
California State University
OccupationSocial Entrepreneur
Community Leader
Educator
OrganizationDigitalNEST[1]
Awards2020 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award
Community Hero Award
UC Santa Cruz Tony Hill Award

Jacob X. Martinez (born November 23, 1977) is a Latino Social Entrepreneur and Community Leader. He is the Founder and Executive Director of Digital NEST,[2] a non-profit with sites in Watsonville, CA and Salinas, CA.[3]

Jacob Martinez has spoken at the 2015 Whitehouse Tech Meetup[4], was named an Entrepreneur Fellow by the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation in 2018.[5] Jacob was most recently awarded the 2020 James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award.[6] Jacob Martinez currently resides in Watsonville, CA.

Career

Since 2006, Jacob has been advocating against social, educational, and economic inequities in underserved rural communities[7]. As an educator, he worked to provide STEM training for Latinx students and was deeply troubled by the way our communities have been historically locked out of the economic opportunities and digital innovation brought by tech to other California communities. Seeing this disparity first-hand, Jacob began laying the foundation for what would become Digital NEST, Jacob’s dream[8] to create a safe co-working space for the youth of Watsonville[9]. Jacob is working with the Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation to take Digital NEST to scale.

Community Involvement

Jacob is a mentor and advocate for young professionals.[10].

Jacob helped co-found the Watsonville Film Festival in 2012, and currently sits on the Board.[11] The Watsonville Film Festival now in its 9th year has engaged the public with films and filmmakers that come from – or speak to – the diverse community.

Jacob founded the Santa Cruz County Ag-tech meetup in March of 2015 and currently sits on the board. Jacob served as a board member of the UCSC Alumni Council from July 2017 to June 2019,[12] he served with the Opportunity Fund Community Impact as an advisory board member from January 2015 to December 2017, he served with the Santa Cruz Children’s Discovery Museum[13] from August 2013 to May 2014, he served with Above the Line[14] from 2011 to March 2014, and he served on the Santa Cruz Next/ Works board from 2012 to October 2013[15].

Education

  • City College of San Francisco,[16] 1997-2000
  • University of California, Santa Cruz[17] B.S. in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, 2000- 2003
  • California State University,[18] Monterey Bay Masters 2007-2009

Recognition

  • 2012: Good Times Santa Cruz Nexties Award[19]
  • 2014: 2014’s Top 10 Men in the Country Supporting Women in Technology[20]
  • 2015: Named the Santa Cruz County Entrepreneur of the Year by the SCCC[21]
  • 2016: Recipient of the UC Santa Cruz Tony Hill Award[22]for local community impact[23]
  • 2018: Awarded the Monterey Bay Economic Partnership Community Impact award[24]
  • 2018: Entrepreneur Fellows[25]
  • 2019: Jacob received the Community Hero Award through the Community Assessment Project and United Way[26]
  • 2020: Jacob Martinez was awarded a James Irvine Foundation Leadership Award[27]

Top Publications

  • Giving Bright Youth the Gift of Opportunity[28]
  • Strategies for Engaging Hispanic/Latino Youth in the US in Computer Science[29]
  • Computing For the Social Good ETR[30]

External Links

References

  1. "DigitalNest – DigitalNest". Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  2. "DigitalNest – DigitalNest". Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  3. "Digital Nest works to train the workforce of tomorrow". www.bizjournals.com. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  4. "White House showcases impact of local tech Meetup groups". www.fedscoop.com. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  5. "Digital NEST | DRK Foundation | Supporting passionate, high impact social enterprises". Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  6. "The James Irvine Foundation". www.irvine.org. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  7. "ETR Associates Awarded National Science Foundation Grant for Watsonville TEC Project - ETR". www.etr.org. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  8. Isenberg, Sara (2017-10-03). "Q&A: Jacob Martinez: This whole experience has been a bit of a dream". Santa Cruz Tech Beat. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  9. Isenberg, Sara (2016-12-05). "Watch: Iris and Jacob talk about Mission Based Coworking". Santa Cruz Tech Beat. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  10. "10 Men Making Waves For Women In Tech". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  11. "Festival Team". Watsonville Film Festival. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  12. Townsend, Peggy. "Alumni Profile / Jacob Martinez: Creating opportunity". UC Santa Cruz News. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  13. "Home | Santa Cruz Children's Museum of Discovery". SCCMOD Site. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  14. "Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County | Opportunity Detail". www.scvolunteernow.org. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  15. "Our Board". Santa Cruz Works. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  16. "CCSF Home Page". www.ccsf.edu. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  17. "University of California, Santa Cruz". www.ucsc.edu. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  18. "Cal State Monterey Bay". Cal State Monterey Bay. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  19. Author, Good times (2012-01-18). "Knowing the Nexties". Good Times Santa Cruz. Retrieved 2020-02-13. {{cite web}}: |last= has generic name (help)
  20. "10 Men Making Waves For Women In Tech". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  21. "Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce | Santa Cruz, CA". Santa Cruz Area Chamber of Commerce | Santa Cruz, CA. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  22. "Tony Hill Memorial Award". specialevents.ucsc.edu. Retrieved 2020-02-20.
  23. White, Dan. "Tony Hill Award winner helps young people soar". UC Santa Cruz News. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  24. Isenberg, Sara (2018-11-08). "MBEP Announces Agenda and Speakers for 4th Annual State of the Region". Santa Cruz Tech Beat. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  25. "Digital NEST | DRK Foundation | Supporting passionate, high impact social enterprises". Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  26. "Community Assessment Project | United Way of Santa Cruz County". www.unitedwaysc.org. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  27. "Leadership Awards". www.irvine.org. Retrieved 2020-02-19.
  28. "Infosys Foundation USA - Media | Blog | Giving Bright Youth the Gift of Opportunity". www.infosys.org. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  29. "Strategies for Engaging Hispanic/Latino Youth in the US in Computer Science | Request PDF". ResearchGate. Retrieved 2020-02-13.
  30. DennerJill; MartinezJacob; Ann, LyonLou (2015-07-30). "Computing for the social good". ACM SIGCAS Computers and Society. doi:10.1145/2809957.2809964.

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