Board of Directors

David Nixon

Board President

David brings over 20-years of professional experience working for a range of technology companies and industry advisors.  He is currently a Senior Director with Oracle focusing on analyzing market dynamics.   Prior to joining Oracle, David spent time as a Product Marketing manager with two Bay Area companies and for 3 years he was a management consultant advising companies on their technology strategy and operational improvements.  David also worked as an engineer for Polaroid in a film process manufacturing plant.

David brings a strong understanding of underlying business issues to his work.  He uses that understanding to develop and assess strategies with a particular emphasis on ideas that take advantage of an organization’s strengths and strategic vision. He has worked closely with all organizational levels and brings a passion for working in teams and for helping team members achieve their best.

David holds an Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University and an MBA from MIT’s Sloan School of Management. He joined the Destiny board in 2012 after discovering Destiny through his children who participated in the martial arts and the hip-hop dance programs.

David Riemer

Board Vice President

David is a former ad agency President and Internet marketing executive who now works with entrepreneurs, artists and students to focus their ideas. In short, he helps them get their story straight. He created Box Out Industries to work with entrepreneurs and Spiral Staircase to collaborate with artists. David is also a guest lecturer and mentor at the Berkeley-Haas Business School where he serves as Executive-in-Residence. David is a regular speaker on innovation and entrepreneurship throughout the Bay Area and internationally as well. David was introduced to Destiny through his children Jesse (a martial artist) and Taryn ( dance). He served as chair of Destiny’s capital campaign for Destiny’s new building.


David started his career as an Assistant Account Executive at J. Walter Thompson Newy York and evetually became President of JWT West. In 1998, he left advertising and brought his strategic and marketing leadership to two Internet start-ups – Quokka Sports and the FreedRoom. He later joined Yahoo! in 2002 as VP marketing. In various roles at Yahoo!, David led business-to-business and consumer marketing efforts across virtually all of Yahoo!’s products serving 500 million users globally. David holds an MBA from Columbia and a BA from Brown University. He also serves on the Board of the American Conservatory Theater.

Josh Harrington

Board Treasurer

Josh Harrington joined the Destiny Arts Center Board of Directors in 2012 and is a member of the Governance Committee focused on board policies, succession planning, and recruitment.  He previously served as Treasurer and Chairman of the Finance and Operations Committee from 2012-2015. Josh is the Director of Research for RBO & Co., an investment management firm in St. Helena, CA.  Previously, he worked as an independent consultant to hedge-fund, mutual-fund, and  private equity clients. He spent 6 years as an analyst and portfolio manager at TIAA-CREF, an  investment management firm serving the educational and non-profit industries.  Josh began his career as an equity research associate at Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. in New York City. He earned an MBA from the Haas School of Business in 2012 and undergraduate degree in Finance and Banking from the University of Missouri– Columbia.  Additionally, he is a CFA charterholder.


Zoanne Nelson

Board Secretary

Zoanne Nelson joined the Board in 2012 after attending and being inspired by Destiny’s annual performance and Friendraiser events for several years.  Zoanne has over 20 years of project management experience and is currently the Program Director at the University of California Office of the President in Oakland, where she is managing an initiative with the Procurement Office to save $200 million annually.   Zoanne was previously the Associate Director of the University of California San Francisco Program Management Office, where she led a number of systems implementation projects to reduce costs, create efficient processes, and improve compliance.   She started her career at UCSF as the Deputy Director for the Center for AIDS Prevention Studies which is the world’s largest research center dedicated to social, behavioral, and policy science approaches to HIV.  Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Zoanne was a Senior Manager for Price Waterhouse in Washington DC, where she led a number of projects in developing countries for the US Agency for International Development, including a 3-year assignment in Russia following the fall of the Berlin wall.    Zoanne has an MBA from American University and undergraduate degrees in Business Administration and Economics from the University of Delaware.

Rick Butler

Rick Butler is a four time Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker with over 35 years experience as a director and cameraman for a broad range of network television, corporate, documentary and philanthropic projects. He has directed four documentary films for KQED (San Francisco), documentary content for five Pixar DVDs and traveled to five continents in the course of pursuing his goal of making films that help make the world better. He has two documentary projects currently in production. Rick and his wife, Shakti, have been either a parent, foster parent or grandparent to five Destiny kids over the past 15 years and have thus, directly and profoundly benefited from the programs and community that make Destiny such a valuable community asset. Their oldest grandchild was a member of the Destiny Arts Youth Performance Company for 3 years and their youngest is a Destiny Teddy Bear. Rick feels proud and fortunate to be a member of the Destiny family. Rick also serves on the Board of World Trust Educational Services, Inc., an organization dedicated to creating social media that builds transformative pathways towards a more just and equitable society.

John Stormer

John Stormer was most recently VP of Marketing and Business Development at TimeBridge, a company that built web applications to help busy professionals schedule and run effective meetings. TimeBridge was acquired by MerchantCircle in September. Over his 20-year career in marketing and operations, John has successfully launched leading-edge consumer services in long-distance telecom, digital wireless communications and high-speed Internet access at global corporations and early-stage start-ups. Prior to TimeBridge, John was SVP of worldwide marketing for Sendmail, a leader in enterprise email security and collaboration. Prior to Sendmail, John was VP of marketing at NorthPoint Communications, a national provider of DSL services, where he was responsible for expanding its network to 30 metropolitan markets, building a channel of more than 160 ISP partners and taking the company public in May 1999. Before NorthPoint, John was the first director of consumer marketing at SprintPCS, where he built its foundational marketing strategy. John also held several director positions at Sprint Corporation. John received an M.B.A. from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a B.A. in history and economics from Westminster College in Fulton, MO.

What a brave band of determined souls is Destiny!

Alice Walker
Author, poet, feminist, and activist