PORTLAND, Oregon – July 24, 2020 — Cara Snow, Chief Community Engagement Officer of the Technology Association of Oregon (TAO), has been appointed to the Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) Board of Directors. The 2020-2021 Board of Directors was ratified today by the TECNA membership at the annual Business Meeting held virtually this year. An additional two new board members, from Massachusetts and Georgia respectively, will join Cara on the international board.
“I have had the opportunity to work closely with Cara over the past several years, most recently in conjunction with the TECNA Innovation Awards we introduced in 2019,” said TECNA Immediate Past Chair Doug Robertson. “Cara did exceptional work helping to develop the Awards and she has distinguished herself as a leader in the TECNA community. I am pleased we are able to bring her experience to our Board of Directors.”
Composed of over sixty technology councils representing more than 22,000 member technology companies throughout the United States and Canada, TECNA is known for its focus on issues important to the technology industry. TECNA serves its members and the technology industry through its strong peer-to-peer network, benchmarking research, sharing of best practices and public policy advocacy.
Having served on TECNA’s nominating committee for many years, Snow will now pivot to focus more energy on the group’s inclusion and equity committee.
“I am honored to join the TECNA Board of Directors after serving in various leadership roles during the past five years,” said Snow. I am really looking forward to the inclusion and equity work, and to leveraging TECNA’s expansive network to push tech to be more diverse on an international scale.”
Snow joined the TAO team in January of 2019 where she leads community engagement and strategic membership growth efforts. She is also responsible for regional executive engagement, cybersecurity programming, and workforce development with a focus on diversity, equity and inclusion.
A graduate of UGA and UNC, Snow began her career in tech leading human resources, sales and software development teams. In working with startups to large enterprise organizations, Snow has navigated high growth, rebuilding, acquisition and the occasional misstep. In 2016, she joined the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) as Chief Development Officer, leading community engagement and strategic membership growth efforts.
Snow serves in a national role with the Association of Junior Leagues International (AJLI) as a Diversity & Inclusion Volunteer Specialist. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Worksystems, Inc., the Steering Committee for Prosper Portland's TechTown Diversity Pledge and as a member of the Oregon Cyber Advisory Council (OCAC). She is the recipient of a 2015 Atlanta Business Chronicle and a 2017 UGA Alumni Association Top 40 Under 40 and spoke at TEDxPeachtree in 2017.
About the Technology Association of Oregon
The Technology Association of Oregon seeks to create a world-class and inclusive innovation economy in Oregon and SW Washington. TAO does this by helping the region's technology and tech-enabled industries grow through programs and initiatives that focus on advocacy, community, visibility, and resources. With an expanding network that extends beyond Oregon and SW Washington, TAO connects its members to thought leaders, executives, public officials, entrepreneurs, service providers and investors in the Pacific Northwest and beyond. In addition to economic development programs that accelerate business growth and advocacy efforts that seek to improve the region’s competitiveness in areas such as STEM education and the investment environment, TAO organizes over 130 professional development opportunities annually for employees of its member companies.
The Technology Councils of North America (TECNA) represents approximately 60 IT and Technology trade organizations that, in turn, represent more than 22,000 technology-related companies in North America. TECNA serves its members and the industry through its strong peer-to-peer network and its regional initiatives to raise the visibility and viability of the technology industry. This is accomplished by empowering regional technology organizations and serving as their collective voice in growing the North American technology economy. More information on TECNA can be found at: www.tecna.org or @techcouncils on Twitter.
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