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 New 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.

Preston Taylor

Board Treasurer

Preston Taylor, Senior Product Manager for Emeryville-based Location Labs, is an Oakland native and former UC Berkeley student body (ASUC) president who brings experience working in both the public and private sectors. Preston worked in policy and government for the California State Legislature for several years prior to earning his MBA from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Preston previously served on the Board of Directors for the Raleigh Little Theatre, a community theater with a strong theater education program in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Elisa Baeza

Elisa joined the DAC board of directors in 2016, bringing with her ten years of experience in the non-profit sector. She has worked at a number of organizations in various capacities such as service delivery, program development, grants management, and program evaluation. She has a passion for engaging diverse populations rooted in her early work serving high-needs youth in the Excelsior District, and most recently serving community-based organizations in the Mission District providing data capacity building technical assistance, work that has been showcased at the American Public Health Association’s annual convening. Elisa was drawn to DAC’s vision of utilizing the performing arts to empower youth, as it parallels her experience of being a performing arts student throughout grade school in her hometown of San Francisco. She holds a Masters Degree in Public Policy with an emphasis on non-profit management and community development from Rutgers University.

David Schoenberg

David joined the Destiny Board in 2015 as a member of the Finance and Operations Committee. He was drawn to Destiny because of its strong track record of serving local youth by teaching principles of non-violence and self-confidence through the arts. In 2008, he and his family settled in the Bay Area after finally finding a place that matches their multi-cultural background.  David is Director of Customer Experience at Pacific Gas & Electric and holds an MBA from UC Berkeley-Haas and a BBA from Emory University.

Josh Harrington

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.


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Avi Jacobson