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Meg Arnold became CEO of SARTA in November 2009, after being closely involved as a SARTA Board member since late 2005. Prior to joining SARTA, Meg was with UC Davis for six years, supporting technology commercialization and entrepreneurship on the campus, with both UC Davis InnovationAccess and UC Davis CONNECT, where she developed programs to support campus-originated start-up companies, and participated in technology transfer licensing to new start-ups.
After leaving UC Davis in 2008, Meg consulted to Drexel University as Director, Community Partnerships, and to Valley Vision, as Senior Project Manager for the Green Capital Alliance. In addition to SARTA, Meg has served on the Board of the Sacramento Entrepreneurship Academy (SEA), the Steering Committee of the Green Capital Alliance, and the High Tech Direct advisory committee.
Before coming to the Sacramento region in 2001, Meg spent ten years in the telecommunications industry, working primarily in strategic planning and business development for AT&T Canada, in Toronto, and British Telecom (BT), in London. In these roles, her work focused on mergers and acquisitions, strategic and joint ventures, as well as developing and expanding new business units. She was also involved with the then-largest telecom acquisition in Canada, and the corporate restructuring and spin-off program of BT in 2001-02.
Meg has an MBA in Finance from the University of San Francisco, and a BA in English from Cornell University. She lives in Davis with her son and daughter, and would sail competitively on San Francisco Bay if it were closer.
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Laura Good is Program Director for MedStart, SARTA's Membership Director and also responsible for SARTA’s operations management. She serves as a mentor in social media for the VentureStart program. Laura joined SARTA in September of 2008 as the founding program director for MedStart. Prior to joining SARTA, Laura was the Director of Manufacturing for an emerging technology startup in Orlando where her contributions were instrumental in helping the company grow to revenues of $20M annually and achieve a very successful liquidity event. Laura has a BSC in Finance from Santa Clara University. She has executive management experience in a variety of functional areas, including finance, operations, manufacturing, technical sales & channel management, and product management.
In addition to her responsibilities at SARTA, Laura participates in many Sacramento community organizations. She is on the TEDx Sacramento leadership team where she assists with speaker selection. She is the curator of the Sacramento StartupDigest and also a curator for the Startup Genome Project. Laura is past president and a member of the executive team for Social Media Club Sacramento, an all volunteer organization focused on expanding social media literacy and defining best practices. An avid social media enthusiast, Laura is better known in the Sacramento region by her Twitter handle, @goodlaura. She is also a volunteer member of the United Way California Capital Region’s marketing committee. Laura is a California native and grew up in the Redwood forests of Santa Cruz County. She's a dog lover which means she drives a Subaru.
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Donna Chabrier is Business Development Director at SARTA and responsible for establishing partnerships with Sacramento’s community of technology companies, service providers, and organizations that support SARTA’s mission to accelerate technology ventures throughout the region. Her efforts provide sponsorship recognition at the organization’s many events, outreach programs and initiatives. She has spearheaded the annual Partner Appreciation Reception, creation of SARTA’s Technology Flagships and numerous public relations efforts including the annual Regional Technology Updates that run within the Sacramento Business Journal. Donna has recently initiated a Women Technology Leaders group as a forum to address the unique challenges of this formidable faction.
Prior to joining SARTA, she created a virtual marketing agency called Outside In which continues to provide brand identity and communications services to local technology companies. She served as the Director of Brand Strategy for Augustine & Associates and Merlot Marketing. In the Bay Area, she was the founder and Principal Strategic Officer of Reactor Marketing, a top-25 Silicon Valley advertising agency working with Fortune 500 technology companies such as Sun Microsystems, Brocade Communications, Veritas Software, Nextel and countless start-ups.
With two sons in college, Donna enjoys hiking with her husband and Australian Shepard. What started out as a dare has become a passion for long distance running and she has participated in more than a dozen half marathons.
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Alina Lujan is SARTA’s office manager and the staff member with the most seniority—having started in 2006 as the first paid employee of what was then the McClellan Technology Incubator. Alina maintains and oversees the day to day functions of the SARTA office including sponsor and member support, event logistics, invoicing, purchasing and more. She has a hand in every SARTA program and activity. In addition to her work at SARTA she volunteers with the Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce helping on committees with event planning.
As a Sacramento native, Alina enjoys taking advantage of the family life the region has to offer. Whether it’s biking along the river path with her toddler in tow, attending a summer concert in the park, or carving Halloween jack-o-lanterns after a visit to a pumpkin patch in Apple Hill, Alina and her family know how to make treasured memories in the Capital City.
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Courtney came to SARTA first as a Volunteer in the spring of 2012. She and SARTA liked the relationship so much, that she came on full time in the fall. Courtney is responsible for the Marketing and Communications for SARTA as well as program support. She coordinates all email campaigns, including the Newsletters, Events Digests and all event mailings. Courtney also provides event, membership and MedStart program support.
Courtney is a long time resident of the Sacramento region, having grown up in the Folsom area. She graduated from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a degree in Political Science. Her background is in project management, public relations, government, finance...you name it, she's dabbled in it. After having lived in Austin, Los Angeles and the Bay Area, Courtney is happy to call the Sacramento area her home again. An avid tennis player, you're sure to find her on the courts either after work or on weekends playing in local leagues.