Welcome Nelsa Peña, DataKind’s Senior Manager, Human Resources

We’re celebrating the newest member of our team. Join us in welcoming Nelsa Peña as DataKind’s Senior Manager, Human Resources!

Nelsa comes to DataKind with over ten years of experience in Human Resources, mainly in the nonprofit sector. With a strong passion for equity and inclusion, Nelsa will ensure the well-being and productivity of the growing DataKind team. She’ll also manage our day-to-day people operations, combining deep people orientation and a dedication in working across lines of difference. Nelsa’s been leading hiring and onboarding for DataKind as a consultant since January, and we’re excited to have her full-time in this broader role. 

Learn more about Nelsa below, and please give her the warmest of DataKind welcomes!

What were you up to before DataKind?

Most recently, I was the Manager of Human Resources and Administration at a nonprofit called Affiliates Risk Management Services. There, I managed all areas of HR and oversaw administration. I also launched a consulting business that provides HR services to nonprofits, start-ups, and small businesses with an equity and inclusion lens. I’ve spent the majority of my career working with mission-driven organizations, so continuing my work at DataKind is truly an honor.

Why are you excited to join DataKind?

I enjoy working with mission-driven organizations, especially if the mission is one I believe in. DataKind is just that! I admire the work DataKind does and the values it holds. In addition, the people who work at DataKind are absolutely the best. It feels like family, and I look forward to working alongside such amazing and passionate people.

What do you like to do in your free time?

I love traveling, hiking, and spending time with my loved ones. So far, I’ve traveled to 26 U.S. states and 25 countries. Looking forward to increasing those numbers now that COVID-19 restrictions are slowly lifting.

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