Realizing the full potential of our ever-evolving digital lives can only happen when a culture of digital competence, cybersecurity, and privacy is the foundation of:
- Free-flowing content
- Multiple methods and platforms for communication
- Trustworthy commerce
- Widely available and highly reliable connectivity
Diego Andres, Executive Director
Diego Andres is the Co-Founder and Executive Director at UNDA Digital. A native of California, Diego is a fervent learner who discovered his passion for entrepreneurship and technology as a teen. He taught himself the fundamentals of business and web development using the power of the web and went on to graduate from the University of La Verne’s Technology Communication Program and went on to start his own Public Affairs consulting firm and helped managed his father’s car dealership. Diego stepped away from the companies as UNDA Digital began to form.
Since then, he has dedicated his life to digital inclusion programs, policies, and advocacy. He now oversees program development at UNDA Digital. Diego is a natural problem solver who maintains awareness of the external competitive landscape, opportunities for internal expansion and innovation, as well as the technical aspects of the organization.
For his work, he was honored with a Community Service Awards by the University of La Verne for his lifetime commitment to digital equity. In his spare time, Diego is a fan of all things photography, literature, and design.
Jade Kelley, Director of Strategic Partnerships
Jade Kelley serves as the Director of Investor Relations at UNDA Agency. She graduated from the University of La Verne as a Public Affairs major. Currently, she is attending her alma mater and working on obtaining a Masters’ of Business Administration in International Business. With over 11 years of Public Relations and Marketing experience, Jade Kelley is a true professional in the agency world citing clients such as LADPW, Orion/Cosomi Cookie-Cracker, Tourism Malaysia, Skiphop, NapKids, Derma E, and BeautyBakerie.
Jade’s love for networking, marketing, and maintaining effective two-way communication led her to switch career paths and join UNDA Agency as their first Director of Investor Relations. Outside of work, Jade enjoys wine-tasting, live music, art, and spending time with friends and family.
Daniel Chavez, Director of Finance
Daniel, finance machine and digital enthusiast, managed to combine both his passions into a career of a lifetime. After graduating from Pasadena City College with a dual degree in finance and communications, Daniel was appointed the head of finance at a local Latino-serving dealership, a mid-entry level role which shaped and molded his vigorous work ethic into what it is today.
After devoting the first major part of his career to a humble car dealership at a time of financial distress nation-wide, he came across a new opportunity at US Bank Corporation, word on the street was, in fact, he turned a financially sinking car dealership, into a profitable one.
With a background in finance, and parents from Latino descent, Daniel was able to identify a common disparity among the people he served, he noticed minorities were being too often denied from financial resources based on the socio-economic disadvantages many people of color cannot overcome on paper. With this in mind, Daniel poised himself to master the ins-and-outs of the banking regulation industry to assist the same people stuck from economic barriers imposed by years of financial discrimination.
When I first heard of UNDA and their core ideologies I was ecstatic to be apart of the team. It would be an honor to serve the community and people who remind me of home. In my spare time, I enjoy being outdoors, such as local hikes and national parks.
David Taniguchi, Director of Technology
David Taniguchi is Director of Technology at UNDA Digital. Born in Hawaii, he moved to Milwaukee at a young age. After graduation, David served as a Customer Service Manager at American Apparel where he oversaw a team of employees. David took his managerial expertise in a new direction when he transitioned into the nonprofit world. He currently oversees the Program Software and Information as they work to connect low-income households to technology, internet, and digital literacy resources. In his free time, David enjoys both playing and watching video games; he’s an especially avid fan of Zelda.
Eddie Gonzalez, Account Manager
Audit and Compliance
Eddie Gonzalez is the Accounting Manager at UNDA Digital, a native Angelino serving his community, and a proud Dodgers fan. He graduated from the University of La Verne’s College of Business with a degree in Business Administration. Eddie has a background in E-Commerce and a keen interest in Tax Auditing, specifically in the non-profit sector. After learning about UNDA’s mission, Eddie wanted to be a part of shrinking the digital divide in any way he could and has developed a critical account management role within the non-profit organization.
Currently, Eddie is eligible and fit to become a CPA and is eager to take his skills to the next level. Now, Eddie and his team are working hard to maintain the day to day operations of UNDA Digital’s work plan to combat the information deficit. During his free time, he enjoys spending time with his friends and family, reading, playing basketball and capturing the perfect sunset with his camera.
Nicholas Alexander Miloš Mestas, Director of Brand Partnerships
Nicholas Alexander Miloš Mestas is a producer and curator based in Los Angeles. Since 2008, he has produced live engagements for artists including Isabella Rossellini, Lila Downs, Jane Birkin, Aaron Neville, Carla Bruni, John Waters, Tinariwen, Seu Jorge, Ballet Folklórico de Mexico de Amalia Hernández, Buika, Paco Peña, Asaf Avidan, Izthak Perlman, Yann Tiersen, Matisyahu, Diego el Cigala, Angélique Kidjo, and over 100 others.
In 2013, Miloš Mestas served the State of Israel’s Director of Cultural Affairs representing Israel’s cultural and artistic interests and based at the Consulate General of Israel in Los Angeles. In this capacity, he worked to advance Israel’s entries to award contests, art fairs, and festivals. He also served two terms on the Board of Directors of California Presenters, the advocacy body for arts and cultural presenters in the state, and served as a delegate to the Institut Français’ FOCUS Conference in Paris and the International Exposure conference in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.
In 2018, he was the Chief Curator of the Queer Art Biennial in Los Angeles, which featured keynote speaker John Waters and showcased works from established artists ranging from Andy Warhol to Robert Mapplethorpe as well as emerging artists from Israel, Mexico, Sweden, France, Austria, among others. Beyond the art and presenting world, Mr. Miloš Mestas was a consultant for CBS Studios’ television series NCIS: Los Angeles from 2011 until 2013 where he advised on cultural content. His publishing house, Miloš Mestas Editions, launched in 2017. It’s debut publication, a series by Australian photographer Luke Austin entitled LEWA, was released in February 2018. Book launch events were held in Los Angeles (Please Do Not Enter, New York, (Chinatown Soup), Bucharest (Carturesti Carusel), London (The Mondrian), Paris (0fr.), Berlin (P7 Gallery), and Madrid (Berkana). He is a graduate of Parsons School of Design (BBA, Design Management) and Université Paris-Sorbonne (M1/MBA, Management de projets internationaux).
Homero Aguilar, Quality Control Supervisor
William Mandolf, Director of Outreach
Alison Rodriguez, Director of Media
Our philosophy in work
It’s not what you say. It’s how you say it.
All messages are best received when delivered in the right language – both literally and figuratively. Sometimes the best way to reach an audience is through traditional, conventional methods…other times its better to catch them by surprise in unexpected ways.
We don’t work for clients. We work with them.
Our success is intertwined with the goals of our clients. We find that our best work is produced when there is strong collaboration. As part of your team, our team confidently voices opinions but also listens with open an open mind. Sometimes the best ideas emerge from healthy, creative conflicts.
The only constant, changes.
We live in an exciting age of technology that is changing the way we communicate. Our workplace fosters an open-minded, learning environment that pushes our team to embrace change and leverage shifting trends to reach our goals.
Technology today allows our savvy consumers to filter and bypass commercial messages like never before. It’s no longer about the message simply breaking through, it’s about being welcomed and invited in. On-target ads, creative, strategic media placement and curating stories that spark conversation will stretch your dollars tremendously, providing a greater return on investment.
Public education experience
Our expertise brings a rich body of experience working in the public education and social marketing sector. We successfully combine education and promotion with the latest marketing and communications techniques for clients seeking to reach specific audiences to change perceptions and behaviors.
City of Pasadena/Flintridge Center
Real Change Movement – A public education campaign to educate and inform the public about the issue of homelessness, increase awareness about homeless services available in the community, and generate funds for local service providers.
California Emerging Technology Fund
Get Connected! Initiative – Social marketing campaign to break down barriers and address misconceptions about broadband internet and encourage the adoption of broadband internet to close the digital divide that exists in California.
Department of Public Works
Used Motor Oil and Oil Filter Recycling – A public education campaign that targets “Do-It-Yourself (DIY) oil changes. The program encourages proper recycling of used motor oil and oil filters and educates residents about the harmful effects of illegal waste-dumping.
Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG)
Regional Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communication Strategies – To inform and engage the community about the planning efforts and the impact of transportation on the environment.
Some of our current and past environmental projects include:
Proper Oil Change Awareness and Used Motor Oil and Filter Recycling – A public education campaign that informed California residents about oil change best practices based on appropriate mileage intervals. The award-winning “Check Your Number” campaign was launched as a multicultural and multilingual public education campaign.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Works (Public Works)
Used Motor Oil and Oil Filter Recycling – We successfully worked with Public Works to reach residents throughout the county through multicultural marketing, communications, and public outreach campaign. The ongoing campaign includes hosting proprietary events throughout Los Angeles County to educate and encourage proper recycling. We also conduct jurisdiction outreach to local Cities and Unincorporated Areas and makes quarterly stormwater presentations for the 84 city stormwater coordinators of Los Angeles County.
Santa Fe Springs
Regional Used Motor Oil & Filter Collection Program – An environmental education program that was designed to educate residents and to promote proper used motor oil and oil filter recycling habits through media outreach, functional item production, and distribution, and proprietary “used oil filter exchange” events.