Portia Neal is the Traffic & Export Compliance Manager at Adobe Inc. in San Jose. She has an MBA in Integrated Logistics and Supply Chain Management and has been working in the field of international trade and transportation since 1997. She lives in the lovely beachside community of Aptos, in Santa Cruz with her daughter. Portia and her daughter are both committed to service. They have been teaching bible study at Twin Lakes Church for over 8 years now. Portia also held several volunteer positions, Communications Coordinator and President, on the Board of the Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) for Baymonte Christian School during the years her daughter was in attendance.
Most recently, Portia has served as the San Jose site lead for both the Hispanic/LatinX Employee Network (HOLA) and the Black Employee Network (BEN) at Adobe Inc. Her involvement in PTF, HOLA and BEN allowed her to serve, organize fundraisers and other community outreach events, expanding the scope of her influence beyond the walls of the school and Adobe and into the larger community. As a result she was able to form partnerships with organizations such as Braven, an organization committed to bridging the education-to-employment gap faced by some of our most promising young leaders in underserved communities, Hack the Hood, which introduces underserved youth of color to tech careers, and Stanford SMASH Academy, a state of the art Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) summer enrichment program for high school students at Stanford, UC Berkeley and UCLA campuses.
As an immigrant from the Central American country of Belize, Portia understands: “At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.” ― Denzel Washington