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Meet the Outstanding Women Running for WISE LA's Executive Board - Voting Now Open!


We are excited to introduce the exceptional candidates on the ballot for the WISE Los Angeles Executive Board election. These inspiring women are committed to fostering an inclusive community that empowers and uplifts women in sports and events. Voting is open from 12 PM PST on Monday, December 4 until 12PM PST on Friday, December 8.

Election Ballot

This is a member-exclusive election for the WISE Los Angeles Executive Board. Member participation is crucial in shaping the future leadership of our community. Please review the candidates' profiles carefully before casting your vote. Thank you for being an active participant in the future of WISE LA.

Election Details
  • Voting Period: Monday, December 4 at 12PM PST - Friday, December 8 at 12PM PST
  • Eligibility: You must have an active membership with WISE LA to vote
  • Voting Rules: Members can vote for no more than one (1) candidate per position
  • Result Announcement: The candidate with the most votes at the end of the election will be offered the position for which they are running

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President Candiate 

Karina Herold

President, SH Advisors

Karina has been an integral part of WISE LA for over a decade, witnessing its growth and evolution. As a loyal member, she envisions bringing customized programming to every level of our diverse community. Karina is known for her discipline and trustworthy nature, and her biggest strength lies in connecting with people and maintaining meaningful relationships.

Learn more about Karina

Vice President Candidates

Haley Bala (incumbent)

Director of Lifecycle Marketing, Disney; Director of Marketing, p1440 Foundation

Haley sees WISE as her community, a source of inspiration and support. A member for nearly five years, she is eager to bring targeted, customized programming to various membership segments. Haley, a relationship-driven and process-driven leader, excels at leveraging team strengths and effective project management. She currently serves on the WISE LA Board of Directors. 

Learn more about Haley

Valeria C. Martinez

Chief Executive Officer, Betting Ladies

WISE supported Valeria at the beginning of her entrepreneurial journey, and now she wants to give back. A member for over a year, Valeria envisions stronger programming options and increased outreach. Described as resourceful and energetic, her biggest strength is always finding positive solutions.

Learn more about Valeria

VP, Business Operations Candidate

Emma Heeger (incumbent)

Sr Account Manager, BuzzFeed

For Emma, WISE is about women supporting women. A member for over five years, she envisions bringing fresh, out-of-the-box ideas to events. Described as reliable and collaborative, Emma's biggest strength lies in her ability to connect with people. She currently serves on the WISE LA Executive Board.

Learn more about Emma

VP, Executive Programming Candidates

Marisa Materna (incumbent)

Owner, Game Face Productions

WISE is Marisa's community and safe space, supporting her since she joined over five years ago. She envisions creating job-sharing opportunities and innovative events. Described as a hard worker and reliable collaborator, Marisa's biggest strength is her ability to build relationships and see the big picture. She currently serves on the WISE LA Board of Directors. 

Learn more about Marisa

Natascha French

Chief Marketing Officer, MVP Interactive

Natascha joined WISE more than a year ago due to its well-respected and caring reputation. She aims to bring more events, mentorship programs, and collaborations to our community. Described as passionate and hardworking, Natascha's biggest strength lies in bringing people together, connecting them, and solving problems.

Learn more about Natascha

Linh Le

Project Manager, ocV!BE Sports & Entertainment

For Linh, WISE has been a personal and professional growth catalyst for over a year. She envisions bringing more events and experiences to arenas, including virtual options for distant members. Described as loyal and passionate, Linh's biggest strength lies in multitasking, prioritizing, organizing, and problem-solving.

Learn more about Linh

Get to know these incredible women through their stories and visions for WISE LA. Stay tuned for the upcoming voting process, and let's continue to build a supportive, powerhouse community together!


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Brianna Appel



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