Berta Campos-Anicetti, Latino Engagement & Legal Services Director
Berta emigrated to the U.S. from El Salvador when she was 16 years old. She did not speak English and faced the struggles of being a new immigrant. The gifts and challenges of those experiences have informed her work and given her great compassion for the difficulties that are faced by newcomers to this country. She has focused her career and volunteer work on human rights and the health and wellness of immigrants, in particular Latino and low-income communities. As the former Health Education and Promotores Program Director at the Novato Youth Center, she was integral in launching a teen pregnancy prevention program, the Novato Wellness Center and most recently a Promotores Program. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UC-Berkeley and has over 27 years of experience working with Latino and low-income young people and their families.
As an active parent volunteer, Berta has served on the Site Leadership Team and PTA Board at San Ramon Elementary and as a Lynwood parent representative in the Blue Ribbon Coalition and NUSD Gate Advisory and Diversity Committees. Berta was also a steering committee member of United for Safe Schools Novato (USSN), a former Novato Youth Center and School Fuel board member and a current Marin Academy board trustee. She is also an active volunteer docent at the Robert Ferguson Observatory. Berta is a passionate advocate for her community and continues to make a lasting contribution to the community at large. In 2008, she received the Novato Multicultural Commission Rene Lopez Faces of Novato award; In 2009, the Marin County Human Rights Commission Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Humanitarian award; and in 2011, Empowering the Latino Community Leadership Award, North Bay Leadership Council. Her commitment to fostering cross-cultural understanding and building inter personal respect has helped make Novato a better place for us all to live.