2012 NEXTies Winners

On January 28, 2012, please join Santa Cruz NEXT in celebrating the best that this town has to offer at the Museum of Art & History. The party starts at 7pm.

We’ll honor four Santa Cruzans who are making a huge impact on our quality of life while enjoying a distinctive tasting menu prepared by Barbara & Company and local libations by Sante Adairius Rustic Ales, Boulder Creek Brewery, Hula’s Island Grill and Mills Wine Group. Event coordination by Coastside Couture.

$40 per person | $50 at the door
Includes heavy appetizers, awards program, music, and entertainment.
Buy your tickets early as the NEXTies are sure to sell out before the event!

Want to know who won?
  • Mark Davidson: The President of Mountain Bikers of Santa Cruz (MBOSC) since 2004, Mark Davidson believes that Santa Cruz is one of the best places in the world to ride a bike. Working with land managers, advocates and the community, MBOSC is trying to improve the economic and physical health of our community by embracing the sport of mountain biking. Mark and his team at MBOSC have raised $41,000 over the past several years to assist government agencies in maintaining and developing recreational facilities for bikes. He helped start Trips for Kids Santa Cruz, which is a non-profit that focuses on providing at-risk youth with positive outdoor experiences through mountain biking. Mark has also raised funds for Turning Wheels for Kids, a San Jose non-profit that donates new bikes to low income families for Christmas.

  • Jacob Martinez: Jacob has more than eight years of experience in encouraging those in under-served communities to pursue careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). He currently serves as the Director for the Watsonville Tecnología-Educación-Comunidad (TEC), a program of ETR Associates. The program’s goal is to provide the recreational, academic, familial and psycho-social support services necessary to encourage students to pursue higher education and careers in information technology. In the past 5 years, Jacob has also served as a CASA Advocate and currently sits on the Board of Directors for Above the Line. He is a husband and father of three.

  • Monica Martinez: Executive Director  of the Homeless Services Center, Santa Cruz County’s largest organization providing emergency and transitional services to homeless individuals and families. Since taking on this role, Monica has brought a renewed respect to the issue of homelessness by focusing on community partnerships and innovative solutions. Monica’s relentless drive and passion for serving those in need has helped to mobilize the community around a single goal; to collaboratively build solutions toward ending homelessness in Santa Cruz.
  • Jeremy Neuner: Inspired by Santa Cruz’s creative population and our city’s long history of innovation, Jeremy helped to start NextSpace, a co-working business, in 2008. NextSpace provides a unique combination of infrastructure and community to entrepreneurs, freelancers and independent creative professionals, and has expanded from its flagship on Cooper Street to locations in San Francisco, San Jose and Los Angeles. Jeremy began his career as a carrier-based helicopter pilot in the U.S. Navy and then obtained a Master’s in business and government policy from Harvard University.

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