Justina Nixon-Saintil
  • Vice President and Chief Impact Officer, IBM

Justina Nixon-Saintil drives the initiatives that enable IBM and its employees to transform their altruism into reality for communities and the planet, with a focus on career readiness and environmental sustainability.

Justina leads IBM’s efforts across skilled employee volunteerism, education partnerships, and curricula to invest in the future of work, with a groundbreaking commitment to skill 30 million people worldwide by 2030. Through a strategic focus on IBM’s free education program IBM SkillsBuild, Justina’s global team is creating opportunities for underrepresented communities. With coursework across topics including AI, sustainability, cybersecurity, this effort is upskilling adult learners, and connecting high school and university students, and faculty with valuable new skills and career paths. As a trained engineer and a corporate leader, Justina has championed lifelong-learning to young learners and aspiring STEM professionals around the world.

As IBM's Social Impact focal point, Justina also spearheads corporate practices that underpin the company's tradition of uncompromising ethics and transparency in its operations and environmental footprint, including leading IBM’s Impact framework and report.

In 2022, Justina led the launch of IBM’s Sustainability Accelerator, which received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s “Best Sustainability Program” 2023 award. The IBM Sustainability Accelerator is a pro bono social impact program that applies IBM technologies and an ecosystem of experts to scale projects that support communities vulnerable to environmental threats, including climate change. Under Justina’s leadership, the program is already working with 15 organizations in projects related to sustainable agriculture, clean energy, and water management.

Previously, as director of Corporate Social Responsibility at Verizon, Justina created and led programs to make education more inclusive. She also led Verizon’s ConnectED commitment during the Obama Administration.  She was also an Engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy.

Justina earned her Master of Business Administration from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business and her bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the State University of New York at Buffalo.  She’s an Aspen Institute First Movers Fellow and is on the boards of Carnegie Learning and the New York Climate Exchange.  She previously served as a board member for the Princeton Community Area Foundation.