John D. Winnett

John D. Winnett was named executive director of SACNAS in March 2018. He brings more than 18 years of executive management, fundraising, government relations, strategic partnership development, and change management experience to his role.

John oversees organizational strategy and direction at SACNAS, facilitating nationwide partnerships, building alliances, and sparking innovation. He is also responsible for overall revenue generation, public policy, and increasing both brand awareness and market penetration. Since joining SACNAS, John has worked to share SACNAS’ strategy and vision with members, partners, and philanthropic investors.

Previously, John served as the president & chief strategy officer of WOW! Impact Strategies, a board governance, change management, and innovation consulting firm. Prior to that, he served as the executive vice-president and chief staff officer of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) North American Foundation.

As a first generation college student, John truly understands the power of education and how it can transform lives. He earned a BA in political science from Cumberland University. John is based, and lives, in Washington, D.C.

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    Marilú Chávez

    Marilú Chávez is Executive Assistant to the Executive Director (ED) and Board Liaison. She supports the ED in all administrative responsibilities and serves as the contact and support person to the Board of Directors, executive officers, and Council of Senior Advisors. Ms. Chávez graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2001 with a BA in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology and has worked with SACNAS since June of 2001, in a variety of roles such as Student Presentations Manager, Accounting Coordinator and Human Resources Coordinator. Ms. Chávez was originally drawn to work with the organization because of the profound sense of community at SACNAS and she is proud to be part of a movement that is opening paths to science, education, and leadership to Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in STEM.