SACNAS Elects 5 New Board Members

Four general board members and one student board member to take office January 2021


SACNAS (Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) announces the election of the following individuals to its national Board of Directors. They will take office in January 2021, serving their term until December 2023.

General Board Members Elect

Esequiel BarreraMS 

Director, Office of Research Safety 

University of Georgia 

Martha I. Dávila-García, PhD 

Associate Professor 

Howard University School of Medicine 

Neo Martinez, PhD 

Adjunct Associate Professor

Indiana University and Pacific Ecoinformatics and Computational Ecology Lab

Fabio Augusto Milner, PhD/MD 

Professor and Director of Mathematics for STEM Education 

Arizona State University 

Student Board Member Elect 

Shaimar González Morales, MS 

PhD Student in Integrated Biomedical Sciences 

University of Texas Health – San Antonio 

“I am so pleased to introduce the newly elected Directors to the SACNAS Board. In order to achieve true diversity in STEM, a first critical step is to have leaders that reflect and represent the demographics of the nation. Congratulations to these selfless leaders,” said SACNAS President Dr. Sonia Zárate, “I would also like to express my gratitude to those that exercised their right to vote and making their voices heard in this election. Adelante!” 

In addition, Dr. Pam Padilla will assume her role as President starting January 1, 2021. She will be the fifth woman in the organization’s 47 year history to hold the office of president. Previous female presidents were Drs. Sonia Zárate, Maria Elena Zavala, Marigold Linton, and Maggie Werner-Washburne. 


For over 47 years, SACNAS has served as an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanics & Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership within STEM.

Today, the organization serves a growing community of over 28,000 supporters including 8,200+ members and 118 student and professional chapters throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. SACNAS influences the STEM diversity movement through STEM outreach & advocacy, promotion of STEM leaders, and The SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference.  Learn more about SACNAS at, Facebook, or Twitter.


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