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NewBoCo Welcomes Three New Members to Board of Directors

Joy Briscoe, Erica Cole, and Wendy Nielsen join team at nonprofit 

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (March 4, 2021) – The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative (NewBoCo) has named three new members to its Board of Directors. 

Joy Briscoe, NewBoCo Board MemberJoy Briscoe is a consummate diversity, equity, and inclusion professional who currently serves as the Talent Acquisition and Outreach Specialist for Waterloo Schools. Prior to working at the district, Joy led the YWCA of Black Hawk County in its mission to eliminate racism and empower women as the Marketing and Development Director. She is the co-founder of  Inclusion Cedar Valley, the Cedar Valley Fashion Art and Culture Expo, SHIPHT Youth Opportunity Accelerator, the Minority Business, and Entrepreneurship Accelerator and the 24/7 Black Leadership Advancement Consortium.


Erica Cole, Board Member at NewBoCoErica Cole is the founder of No Limbits, an adaptive clothing line with the mission of increasing comfort, confidence, and independence for those with disabilities. She has been a part of several incubators, including the Hawkeye Summer Accelerator, Target Incubator, Future Founders Fellowship, and is currently in residence at the Halcyon Incubator in Washington DC. No Limbits received the University of Iowa Student Startup of the Year Award in 2019, and Erica received the Female Founder of the Year Award in 2020.

Wendy Nielsen, First Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations at Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, Cedar Rapids, IAWendy Nielsen serves as First Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust. A graduate of Coe College, she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration and public relations. Since joining CRBT in 2001, Wendy has drawn from her diverse background with the bank to help people connect and engage with the CRBT brand through various initiatives ranging from traditional and digital marketing to events. Wendy is a 2011 Leadership for Five Seasons graduate, 2014 CBJ Forty Under 40 honoree, 2017 Waypoint Tribute to Women of Achievement honoree, and most recently named 2019 Chief Marketing Officer of the Year (For-Profit) by the CBJ.

“We are incredibly excited that Joy, Erica, and Wendy all accepted our invitation to join the NewBoCo Board,” said NewBoCo Executive Director Aaron Horn. “Each new member brings with them critical experiences and skillsets to support our organization. Our nonprofit really values the contributions of our Board as we grow and continue to deliver strategic solutions to the always-evolving ecosystem needs in entrepreneurship, innovation, and tech education.”

About NewBoCo

The New Bohemian Innovation Collaborative, Inc. (NewBoCo) is a 501(c)(3) organization located in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. NewBoCo’s programming supports entrepreneurship, innovation, and tech education to help Iowans become more resilient and thrive in a changing economy.

Media Contact: Rob Merritt, NewBoCo Director of Communications

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