Meet the Team
Sara DW Pagano
Sara is responsible for the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering and K-12 STEM outreach initiatives with the goal of empowering the next generation of innovators and future talent of San Diego. Sara has over a decade of non-profit and event experience, including executive leadership positions with USO San Diego and Discover Pacific Beach – Business Improvement District. She graduated from Westfield State College with a Bachelor of Science in Education and also holds a certificate from University of San Diego’s Event Management Program. Her personal interests include: chasing her toddler around, her best furry friend Miles and getting outdoors.
Director of Community Relations
Silvana DelPiccolo is the Director of Community Relations at Biocom and the San Diego Festival of Science & Engineering, working with local STEM companies to create employee engagement opportunities and make an impact in the community. She’s a bona-fide believer in the power of corporate social responsibility, and values the opportunity to serve corporations and community simultaneously—a matchmaker between the company, its employees, and the “greater good.” She has over a decade of nonprofit experience and holds a degree in International Relations from the University of San Diego.
Education and Communications Manager
Kim is a communication strategist passionate about education innovation. In 2011, Kim launched KDR PR, a communications consultancy for mission-driven organizations, serving education nonprofits, schools and community-minded companies. In 2012, she co-founded STEAMConnect with UC San Diego Extension to rally the San Diego community around the power of the arts and STEM coming together in education, which sparked a STEAM movement across the region. As External Director for the XQ Super School Project at Vista High School, she focused on school-based communication, parent engagement and community partnerships. Most recently, as an extension of the XQ project and her work supporting school leadership, Kim created Leading with Clarity, a communications training for school leaders with the goal of improving school culture, community engagement and, ultimately, student outcomes. Earlier in her career, she managed media and investor relations for life science companies.
Virtual Programs Associate Manager
Before working with Biocom, Sarah worked in project management in the fields of higher education, finance, and private equity. She is passionate about organization, working with teams to help them achieve their goals, and fostering a diverse and inclusive work environment. She graduated from The University of Oregon with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. Her personal interests include: spending time with family, creating slow fashion from vintage quilts, and exploring San Diego.