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Leadership Team

Nikole Collins-Puri, Chief Executive Officer

Nikole Collins-Puri is a social justice visionary, strategist, advocate and mentor who has committed her life to unleashing the potential of untapped communities. She’s the CEO of Techbridge Girls, a nonprofit organization that excites, educates and equips girls from low-income communities through STEM, empowering them to pursue STEM careers and achieve economic mobility and financial security as adults.

Nikole is a master collaborator who is able to leverage her rich professional experiences in tech, philanthropy and education to bring diverse groups of stakeholders together to urge social change in our communities. She’s committed to removing barriers and increasing access and opportunities for all those who are often left behind but essential to the success and growth of our society. 

Prior to Techbridge Girls, Nikole worked at AT&T where she spearheaded their diversity and inclusion efforts, at the College Board where she advised states on their college completion strategy for Black and Latinx students, and at the Women’s Foundation of California where she advanced women’s economic security by supporting and awarding grants to visionary grassroots organizations.

Nikole holds a B.A. in Political Science from the University of South Florida and MPA from City University of New York. 

Ed Lee, COO

For over 20 years, Ed has worked in nonprofit operations with many social justice organizations including Californians for Justice, the Center for Third World Organizing, Public Advocates Inc., and the Korean Community Center of the East Bay, as well as other nonprofits such as Greenbelt Alliance, the Tides Foundation and the Contra Costa Child Care Council. In 2003, Ed served as statewide coordinator of the successful No on Proposition 54 campaign, defeating a racist initiative that would ban state and local government from collecting or using information related to race and ethnicity. He also serves on the board of the Common Counsel Foundation, Alliance for Climate Education (Audit), and his kids' elementary school PTA. Formerly an Emergency Medical Technician, Ed holds an M.A. in Physiology from Boston University and B.A. in Psychology from Oberlin College. Ed lives in Oakland with his wife, 2 kids, and a cat.

Kristi Davis, Vice President of Development

Kristi is an experienced leader, educator, advocate and philanthropist. She has spearheaded campaigns to provide clean drinking water and enhanced clean air standards to Californians and has worked in the fields of youth development, conservation and workforce development and on public policy campaigns to provide employment skills, outdoor opportunities and outdoor education to youth for the past nineteen years. She has a proven ability to build diverse constituencies as well as grassroots support, demonstrated in her leadership work as Western Region Director of Advancement with the Student Conservation Association, Executive Director of the California Wilderness Coalition, Grants Director at the Sierra Club Foundation, and Regional Director of Women in Community Service. She has served as Board Co-Chair for The Center for Diversity and the Environment, Development Chair on the board of The Bay Area Ridge Trail as well as Board Vice President for Nia House Montessori School in Berkeley, CA. She is currently the Vice-President of Development with Techbridge Girls. Kristi holds a Master’s degree in Nonprofit Management from the University of San Francisco and a Bachelor’s degree from Mount Holyoke College. Kristi enjoys traveling, camping, cooking and cheering for the Oakland A’s and Golden State Warriors. She currently lives in Oakland.

Meeta Sharma-Holt, Vice President, Programs and Strategic Partnerships

Meeta believes in the power of out-of-school time programs to support youth from underserved communities to reach their best selves. She has designed, monitored and created high-quality systems of out of school time programs for over 25 years, first in New York City, then in Washington, DC and now, nationally as the Vice President of Programs and Strategic Partnerships at Techbridge Girls.

In her work, Meeta brings a positive youth development guiding framework, as well as her background in social work, and commitment to social justice. As an immigrant and granddaughter of freedom fighters in India, Meeta is compelled to bring about change for large numbers of girls through high quality programs and services.

Prior to Techbridge Girls, Meeta established the system of afterschool programs for Washington, DC. In New York City, Meeta developed and supervised a large, multi-site community-based afterschool and summer program, and she expanded corporate mentoring programs with 20 Fortune 500 companies through Big Brothers Big Sisters. She has also operated a private consulting firm advising nonprofits on evaluation and strategic planning.

Meeta holds a BS in Marketing and Management from Penn State University and an MSW from Columbia University in New York City.