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.

Anne Smith Rainey

Secretary

Anne Smith Rainey joined the Destiny board in 2013 after working with the Marketing Committee and being a Destiny parent.  Anne is a marketing professional who has spent over 20 years working on a wide variety of clients, from telecommunications to packaged goods to bio-tech, and leading teams at some of world’s best agencies including J. Walter Thompson, Publicis Groupe and Havas/Euro RSCG.  Anne grew up in the Midwest and attended Marquette University. A proud Oakland resident since 2000 and the proud mom of two Oakland public school students, she is excited to be part of such an important organization for peace, arts and change in our community.

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.

Jill Schweitzer

Jill Schweitzer is the newest member of the Destiny Arts board, having joined in March of 2017. Currently a product manager at Uber, Jill brings experience in product management, entrepreneurship, and sales/business development. Jill worked for Cisco  in sales and business development on the Microsoft account for several years, then earned her MBA at Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. After business school, she moved into product management, and pursued her own startup in the hiring and recruiting space. Jill was introduced to Destiny by David Riemer, who was an advisor of hers at Haas and for her startup. She brings previous board experience from her time in Seattle, where she served on the board of Net Impact Seattle. Jill has been energized about Destiny since she saw her first performance in 2014, and is excited to join the board of such a transformational, community-building organization.

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.

What a brave band of determined souls is Destiny!

Alice Walker
Author, poet, feminist, and activist