Tina Herrera is a seasoned leader of both technology market development and investment management, with over 25 years of experience in public and private sectors. She is currently an investment advisor, Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Client Services at Sharper Granite LLC where she is responsible for helping clients achieve their financial goals while leading education and customer focused initiatives.
Herrera began her career at NASA as an engineer, conducting research and managing space life science experiments. As the internet boomed, she was recruited to develop markets for new technologies, leading teams at Cisco Systems and Juniper Networks and helping another firm go public.
Herrera received two degrees from the University of California at Berkeley – an MBA from the Haas School of Business and a Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. She also earned a Master of Science in engineering from UC Davis and a marketing certificate from Harvard. Additionally, she is an alumna of the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy and winner of their business plan competition.
Herrera serves on the Philanthropic Ventures’ Donor Advised Fund Board for the YWCA of the Mid-Peninsula and has been a long time member of YWCA Berkeley Oakland.
Herrera has had a longstanding relationship with YWCA. Most recently, before beginning her term as board chair she served as vice chair, and she continues to chair the CEO Search Committee. She has also chaired the Investment Committee
In the early 1990s to early 2000s, she previously served YWCA as national student president, national board secretary, and national board vice president. She has represented YWCA USA at conferences in the Philippines, Japan, Mexico, and the UN Earth Summit in Brazil, UN CSW, as well as the World Council in Egypt. Her early involvement as a student at the University YWCA in Berkeley firmly shaped her commitment to racial justice and the empowerment of women.
What drew you to serve the YWCA in this way?
I was a freshman in college when I first got involved with the YWCA as a youth mentor. Seeing the One Imperative on the wall, to eliminate racism wherever it exists and by any means necessary, was the first time in my life where I saw one of my core values so boldly stated. I felt like I had found my home, and I have been involved with the YWCA ever since. From program volunteer to Board Chair, I have seen us make so much progress, and I am optimistic about what we can and will accomplish together in the years ahead.