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True to the mission of building multicultural, collaborative networks to advance equity for women and girls, the MANA Action Fund is led by multi-ethnic and multicultural women with personal and professional commitments to this endeavor. 

Board of Directors


Jackie Puente

Board Chair


Allison L. Dembeck

Vice Chair


Veronica Padilla



Tami Watkins


Jackie Puente is Executive Director for External Affairs at Comcast Corporation, the parent company of Comcast Cable, NBCUniversal, and Sky. In this role, Jackie is responsible for engagement with diverse stakeholders on issues related to brand and reputation, government affairs, community impact, and communications strategy across the technology and media sector. She serves as a translator between public, private, and nonprofit entities, and she has focused on strategies to empower vulnerable communities to leverage media, technology, as well as digital and financial literacy to achieve economic growth and opportunity.

Allison L. Dembeck is the vice president of education and labor advocacy in the Government Affairs Division at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, focusing on education, labor, and workforce development issues. She previously served on the Senate Republican Policy
Committee under Sen. John Thune and Sen. John Barasso, as well as the House Committee on Education and the Workforce under former Speaker of the House John Boehner and Rep. John Kline. She also was manager of government relations for Ceridian Corporation, focusing on pension, health care, and payroll compliance.

Veronica Padilla is a Commissioner on the Kansas Hispanic and Latino American Affairs Commission, appointed by Governor Laura Kelly. She is also a member of the editorial board for the Topeka Capital-Journal. A life-long advocate for the Hispanic community, she has served as Chair of the National Board of Directors for MANA, A National Latina Organization, Kansas State Treasurer of LULAC, and on the Boards of Directors for YWCA of Topeka, Midland Care, Meals on Wheels and Topeka High Historical Society. She also previously served as a chaplain for the National Fraternal Order of Police Auxiliary. 

Tami Watkins is a Government and External Affairs Manager for Pepco, part of Exelon’s Mid-Atlantic family of utilities. She is responsible for managing the company’s public policy agenda and relationships with elected officials and stakeholders in both Montgomery and Prince George’s County in Maryland.  She also supports community outreach initiatives and regulatory proceedings. Prior to joining Pepco, she was a Federal Services Consultant for Deloitte Consulting where her clients included the National Transportation Safety Board, Department of Agriculture, and the Freight Rail Administration.



Amy L. Hinojosa


Amy Hinojosa has served as President and CEO of MANA, A National Latina Organization, the oldest and largest Latina membership organization in the United States since 2014. Founded in 1974, MANA has been the leading voice for Latinas in the areas of health, financial well-being, education and technology access, environmental concerns, civil rights and diversity and inclusion. She serves on the Boards of Directors for the Hispanic Association on Corporate Responsibility, the National Hispanic Leadership Agenda, and is currently Vice Chair of the Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership.

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