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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. As explained in her recent TEDx talk on reimagining the STEM revolution for every girl, 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. 

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.

Hayden Lilien, Vice President, Finance and Operations

Hayden has over 15 years of non-profit leadership experience in the areas of finance, operations and human resources. She has mainly focused her career on serving youth in need. Prior to working for Techbridge Girls, she has shown her commitment to youth by her role as the Director of Finance and Administration at the National Center for Youth Law, a non-profit that uses the law to advocate for underprivileged youth. She also spent years providing financial, human resources and operational support to charter schools all over California. Alongside her position as VP of Finance and Operations she also has a Family Mediation practice. Hayden has a B.S. in Finance from University of Florida, a J.D./M.B.A. from Stetson University College of Law and two Mediation Certifications from Northern California Mediation Center and The Center for Understanding in Conflict. In her spare time she enjoys hiking, dancing, and spending time with daughter. 

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.

Jessica Wetzel, Vice President, Programs and Quality

Jessica is an experienced nonprofit leader with a demonstrated history of program impact and organizational growth in the fields of youth development and out-of-school time. With a passion for youth-centered advocacy and public policy, she believes in the collective power of the nonprofit sector to make true and lasting social change. Before Techbridge Girls, Jessica Wetzel served youth and families at Girls Inc. of Carpinteria, working collaboratively with local and national leaders to implement outcome measurement and data tracking strategies and growing infrastructure to increase impact. During her decade of service at Girls Inc., Jessica spearheaded the development and launch of the local affiliate’s College-bound STEM program, early literacy programs, and girl-led advocacy work at the local, state, and national levels. She currently serves as Vice President of Programs and Quality for Techbridge Girls, leading a brilliant team toward bold goals that will ensure equitable access to high-quality STEM that sparks joy, belonging, and persistence. Jessica holds a BA in Liberal Studies/Elementary Education from California State University, Fullerton, and a Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management from California State University, Northridge. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in Public Administration.