Board of Directors
Equity, justice, and compassion
A native of Salinas, Natalie has spent six years focusing her efforts on youth leadership development and advocacy throughout Monterey and Santa Cruz counties. She is a co-founder of Ciclovía Salinas – the first youth-led Open Streets initiative in the nation. Natalie is the new Jóvenes SANOS Program Director, and served two years as the Coordinator for this initiative of the United Way of Santa Cruz County. Natalie now leads the Jóvenes SANOS youth advocacy program in Watsonville and the Healthy Eating Project of Pajaro Valley – a collaboration of stakeholders committed to assisting local restaurants and market owners to increase healthy food options. Natalie is honored to serve on the board of the Yoga For All Movement and is committed to bringing her stand for compassion for those that we are serving.
Unity, Well-Being, and Compassion
A native of Santa Cruz County, is continually fueled by compassion & optimism. Her 10 years of experience working in the nonprofit sector and wide-range of marketing and development skills led her to become the CEO of her own consulting firm, Consulting for Impact.
In 2015, Mariah Co-founded the United Way of Santa Cruz County's Emerging Leaders Circle and is now serving as the Co-Chair, helping advance millennial engagement throughout Santa Cruz County. Her role as Event Logistics Director for TEDxSantaCruz and steering committee member of the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network allows her to collaborate on projects with incredible leaders advancing social justice in Santa Cruz County and beyond.
Acceptance, Compassion and supporting women in all stages of their lives!
Beth Nelson is a bold-souled midlife woman who burns for compassion, integrity and acceptance. She has a long history of social justice work in Santa Cruz and Monterey Counties including union and community organizing work and managing social justice organizations in higher education. Beth is sincerely committed to personal development for herself and others through yoga, meditation and profound inner work. She is the founder of Ignited Women, a program for midlife women to reclaim their wisdom and power in order to lead deeply fulfilling lives. She also leads yoga classes, workshops and retreats. She channels her energies into ways to create equity and accessibility to yoga for those who might not otherwise have the opportunity as she knows of the immense transformations that yoga can have on one's life.