Pooja Shah, Chair
Nonprofit Strategy and Finance Leader
Pooja Shah has a mix of private and nonprofit sector experience. Her first nonprofit role was as a Playworks coach in East Oakland, CA, and she is thrilled to be back at Playworks as a board member. Pooja most recently served as the Vice President of Strategy, Finance and Operations at Peer Health Exchange, a national nonprofit organization that trains college students to provide a comprehensive health education to underserved high school students. Prior to Peer Health Exchange, she was the Chief Financial Officer of a national nonprofit organization called Reading Partners and also spent some time at the KIPP Foundation. Pooja started her career in technology investment banking at Lehman Brothers followed by corporate business development at Cisco Systems. Pooja graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.A. in Economics and minor in Business Administration. She earned her MBA from Harvard Business School.
Joy Weiss, Vice-Chair
President and CEO
Joy Weiss is President & CEO of Tempo Automation, the worlds fastest software-enabled electronics manufacturer. Joy has held executive leadership positions at a variety of private and public technology companies. She also serves on the boards of several private companies, including Tempo Automation and Inkspace Imaging. She holds a BSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Mark Seiler, Treasurer
Mark Seiler is the managing partner of Metrovation, a real estate development firm as well as principal of Metrovation Capital, a real estate capital company. Mark serves on several boards of directors, including Boys and Girls Club of Oakland and Jewish Family and Children’s Services of Northern California. He is also past president of Rhoda Goldman Plaza, a not-for-profit assisted living and Alzheimers community.
VP, Chief of Staff to the CEO
Brandon is an operations, public policy, and finance professional with experience in management and implementation roles in both the private and public sector. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a BS in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Brandon was born and raised in Flint, Michigan, is an avid sports fan, fitness enthusiast, and traveler.
Vice President, External Affairs
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Leslie oversees the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT effort, as well as the areas of policy reform and advocacy, strategic communications, leadership development, equity and inclusion, organizational effectiveness and national partnerships. Leslie brings more than 15 years of results-driven executive experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Foundation, Leslie worked as a vice president for AARP, the nation’s largest nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to serving adults aged 50 and older. Leslie has also served as executive director for the White House Council for Community Solutions, where she led efforts to develop cross-sector, community-based strategies to address the needs of disconnected youth. She holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of New Orleans.
Kuang Chen is the founder of Captricity and the recipient of MIT Technology Review’s ‘35 Innovators Under 35’ award. The idea for Captricity came from Kuang’s PhD dissertation at UC Berkeley. His research focused on data-centric approaches to increase the efficiency of low-resource organizations. While doing research in Tanzania and Uganda, he experienced first-hand the importance and difficulty of transforming paper into actionable data. Captricity now provides its solution to a majority of top insurance companies, as well as U.S. government agencies and hundreds of non-profits, to increase revenue, reduce cost, and power insights.
Director of Education
California Community Foundation
Val Cuevas leads early childhood education and transitional kindergarten through 12 grade partnership opportunities for California Community Foundation. With expertise in educational equity, state legislative policy and K-12 governance, she previously led Education grantmaking strategy at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF). Additionally, Val previously served as President of the West Contra Costa Unified Board of Education, a middle-sized, urban Bay area school district serving approximately 30,000 children, seventy-five percent of whom are English learners, low-income and/or foster youth students. Val is a proud product of California’s public education system and a staunch advocate for kids. She holds dual bachelor’s degrees in political science and sociology from the University of Southern California and a master’s degree in educational psychology, administration and counseling from California State University, Long Beach.
Principal Research Strategist
Etienne Fang is a human-centered leader with expertise in research, strategy, and design, and experience working globally in technology, CPG, consulting, and education. She started her career as a special education teacher in New York City public school schools. With a focus on customer growth through Inclusive Research, Etienne develops strategic insights through foundational, future-forward insights initiatives. Currently, she is Principal Research Strategist at Amazon, guiding diversity, equity, and inclusion research initiatives. She is the founder of Redefining Having it All, a global platform with the mission to understand and support female empowerment and ambition around the world.
Pat Morrin is the former co-founder, CFO, and vice president for Basis Communications Corporation – a communications semiconductor company based in Fremont, California, which was acquired by Intel Corporation. Pat was previously director of marketing and business development at Intel, and held various finance positions at Cirrus Logic, Inc. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors for The Boys and Girls Clubs of Oakland; a member on the Board of Advisors for Harold and Pauline Price Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at the University of California, Los Angeles; and chairman of the Board of Advisors for the Dean of Arts and Sciences at the University of San Diego. Pat received a B.A. in English and a BBA in business management from the University of San Diego, and an MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.
Assistant General Manager
NY Liberty (WNBA)
Ohemaa Nyanin is the Assistant General Manager of the New York Liberty, one of the three remaining original franchises in the WNBA. She has worked internationally with multiple organizations including, Ashoka: Innovators for the Public. In her last role as a Senior Intraprenuer, she pioneered the search and development of the inaugural group of Changemaker schools in seven African countries. Ohemaa was the Women’s National Team Assistant Director with USA Basketball, where she provided strategic leadership to the 2016 Olympic Gold Medal Women’s National Team and the 2018 International Basketball Federation (FIBA) Women’s World Cup Gold Medal Team. In addition to her role within the New York Liberty, Ohemaa currently serves as a Technical Delegate for international basketball competitions for FIBA. Ohemaa graduated from the American University with a double bachelor’s degree in Foreign Language and Communications Media and International Relations. While at American University, she also earned a master’s of science in Justice and Public Policy.
Susan Stone has more than 30 years’ experience in business management and marketing. Based in Los Angeles, Susan has been with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC) for 13 years, and in her current role as Director of Firmwide Nonprofit Marketing and Sponsorships, she leads the firms national nonprofit investment and sponsorship strategy, working closely with team members to ensure nonprofit investments are aligned with the firms Purpose and Inclusion Strategy, build brand in the community, and provide opportunities to forge relationships with new and existing buyers. Previously she served as Director and Marketing Leader for PwC’s Southwest market and spent 8 years as the Director of Marketing and Business Development at the national law firm of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips. Susan has served on Playworks’ Southern California regional board for several years so brings regional perspective to the National Board.
Jill Vialet, Emeritus
Jill Vialet established Playworks in 1996 and has led the organization through rapid growth for more than 18 years. Jill’s selection as an Ashoka Fellow in 2004 provided the opportunity she had been seeking to put her vision for national expansion into action. Jill is considered a leader in the field of play and a successful social entrepreneur, receiving invitations to speak at Skoll World Forum, Partnership for a Healthier America Summit, TEDx, Harvard Law School, Stanford School of Business, and Social Impact Exchange. In December 2011, Jill was named one of 30 Social Entrepreneurs of the Year by Forbes magazine. Read more