Emerge Summit 2021 Planning Committee

Name: Joaquin E. Razo

Employer/Position: Executive Director, Blue Zones Project Upper Napa Valley

Role on the committee:
Emerge Summit Chair

Joaquin serves as the Executive Director for Blue Zones Project Upper Napa Valley. Working with a dynamic team, the Blue Zones Project – through people, policy, and place – supports a thriving community to live longer, better. Prior, Joaquin served as Vice-President and Chief Strategy Officer for the St. Helena Chamber of Commerce in Napa Valley.  Working with over 200 member businesses ranging from large international winery brands to small boutique stores. Joaquin has over 15 years of organizational planning/structuring; non-profit fundraising; diversity, inclusion and belonging integration; and strategic planning.

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Name: Janette Cruz

Employer/position: Sr. Enterprise Performance Coordinator, SMUD

Role on the committee: Emerge Summit Co-Chair

Janette Cruz is Senior Enterprise Performance Coordinator for SMUD. In her current role, she and her team manage how enterprise metrics and project performance are presented to Board and Executive Leadership. She brings structure to chaos, enabling candid and collaborative engagement; and is excited to manage Emerge Committee logistics.

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Name: Amanda Sanchez

Employer/position: Executive Director, Design Sacramento

Role on the committee: Communications Lead

Amanda Sanchez is the Executive Director of Design Sacramento, a local nonprofit that is committed to making our design community more inclusive, equitable and supportive for all. She served as the Experience Lead for the Emerge Summit last year and is excited to return as the Communications Lead for the 2021 event!

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Name: Ren Kaur

Employer/position: Project Manager for Support Services Administration, Kaiser Permanente

Role on the committee: Logistics Member

Ren is a Project Manager with Kaiser Permanente. She has extensive experience and proven ability to develop and successfully implement clear and effective communication strategies and tactics in the Support Services Administration Department. She is looking forward to reuniting with the Metro EDGE and building her network with like-minded individuals.

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Name: Kristi Maryman

Employer/position: Senior Manager, Corporate Relations & Events at Sacramento SPCA

Role on the committee: Breakouts Lead

Kristi is a seasoned strategic partnership development and fundraising professional with a passion for helping animals and their people in her current role as the Senior Manager of Corporate Relations and Events for the Sacramento SPCA. She has experience in developing and executing special events to raise revenue for charitable organizations as well as conference and meeting planning for a multitude of public health sectors. Kristi holds a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and a Nutrition and Foods degree from California State University, Sacramento. Kristi joined MetroEdge to become more connected to Sacramento young professionals and this is her first year on the Emerge Summit planning team.

Name: Ashleigh Cook

Employer/position: Program Manager, National Teen Leadership Program

Role on the committee: Breakouts Member

Ashleigh is the Program Manager for the National Teen Leadership Program. She has strong communication and interpersonal skills and loves working on projects where she can collaborate with a team and can also manage projects alone, where her creative juices get a chance to flow. Ashleigh has experience in event management, volunteer recruitment and training, curriculum building, project management, team building, leadership training, and social and emotional skills training. She will be graduating in May 2022 from Sacramento State with a BA in Communications and a Minor in LGBTQ Studies. Ashleigh is looking forward to opportunities to grow and gain knowledge in leadership and professional development.