Berta Campos-Anicetti, Co-Director of Latine Programs, retiring after 24 years
We thank Berta for her exemplary service in Novato and across Marin County. She is a passionate advocate for immigrants, and has ensured equity, diversity, and inclusion are prioritized within private and public sectors. Her advocacy, education, and action-oriented approach to community collaboration have helped to build lasting bridges between government and community. If you wish to dedicate a donation to continue Berta’s legacy, you are welcome to make an online donation to our Latine Programs.
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 Latine 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 Teen Clinic and most recently a Promotores Program. She has a Master’s Degree in Public Health from UC Berkeley and has over 33 years of experience working with Latine and low-income young people and their families.
As a former 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 board trustee at the Novato Youth Center, School Fuel and Marin Academy. She is also a volunteer docent at the Robert Ferguson Observatory.
Awards and Honors
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; in 2011, Empowering the Latino Community Leadership Award, North Bay Leadership Council; and in 2021 the Latino Leadership Award from the North Bay Business Journal. Her commitment to fostering cross-cultural understanding and building interpersonal respect has helped make Novato and Marin County a better place for us all to live.
In honor of her retirement, Berta received a proclamation from the City of Novato, a resolution from the County of Marin Board of Supervisors, and a Lifetime Achievement Award as a True Champion for Immigrants in Marin from Marin Immigrants Rights & Justice.