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.


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Ohemaa Nyanin, Secretary

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.


headshot of PatPat Morrin, Treasurer, Finance Committee Chair

Danvera Foundation

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.

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Brigitte Addimando

Founder and Managing Partner
NorthStar Partnerships

Brigitte Addimando is an experienced strategy consultant, facilitator, and leadership coach with demonstrated success working with clients across multiple industries. Throughout her varied career, her ability to work with clients, successfully navigate business relationships, and clearly articulate leadership, organizational, and business needs has been a focal point of her success. Brigitte began her career as a team leader for Honda Performance Development where the complexity and time constraints of auto racing taught her how to solve complex problems while under pressure. Following the successful completion of her MBA, Brigitte managed client and supplier relations for American Express and BarclayCard US where she was primarily responsible for the liaison between large partnerships and internal resources. From there, Brigitte led business development efforts for Energy Plus, a Philadelphia-based retail energy marketer, where her organizational skills and interpersonal strengths were integral to the successful growth of the business. NorthStar Partnerships, formerly RavenPoint Consulting, has since allowed Brigitte to leverage her varied experience to help leaders, leadership teams, and organizations identify their true north and successfully align their efforts with their goals. Outside of work, Brigitte has devoted much of her time to serving as a dedicated director, board member, and board chair for non-profit organizations that seek to improve the lives of young people and provide them with the tools and opportunities they deserve to thrive going forward. Brigitte received a BSE from Duke University, an MSME from MIT, and an MBA from the Harvard Business School and has completed additional coursework at UCLA and the University of Pennsylvania. She now lives in the Philadelphia area with her husband Leo and their three children.


headshot of Evelyn BarahonaEvelyn Barahona

Senior Vice President
U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce

Evelyn serves the mission of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) as the Senior Vice President of the Educational Fund, the organization’s foundation and 501c3 bringing initiatives, resources and capital access to the Hispanic entrepreneur ecosystem. USHCC is the largest small business impact and advocacy organization in the country serving the interests of 5 million Hispanic owned businesses contributing $800 billion to the U.S. economy. Prior to USHCC, Evelyn worked at The Boston Foundation overseeing philanthropic initiatives centered on Latino economic well being and worked closely with philanthropists to deploy funds to initiatives most aligned with their community interests and passions. Evelyn currently serves as a member of the Board of Ambassadors at Eastern Bank and resides in Boston. Evelyn graduated from Northeastern University with a degree in International Business and Finance and attended NEOMA Business School in Reims, France.


headshot of Brandon BelfordBrandon Belford

Chief Commercial Officer
Applegreen Electric 

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.


Leslie Boissiere

Vice President, External Affairs
Annie E. Casey Foundation

Boissiere 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. Boissiere brings more than 15 years of results-driven executive experience in both the public and private sectors. Prior to joining the Foundation, Boissiere worked as a vice president for AARP, the nation’s largest nonpartisan nonprofit devoted to serving adults aged 50 and older. Boissiere 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.


headshot of KuangKuang Chen

Antara Health

Kuang Chen is an entrepreneur and computer scientist. Kuang is co-founder of Antara, a tech-enabled health service delivering patient-centered care via health navigation, automation and machine learning. Prior, Kuang was founder CEO of Captricity (dba Vidado, acquired by SSNC), where he developed the first AI that reads handwriting better than humans. He was recipient of MIT Technology Review’s ‘35 Innovators Under 35’ award in the humanitarian category for his graduate research focused on data-centric approaches to increase the efficiency of health clinics in Tanzania and Uganda. His work has yielded several patents and best-paper awards. Kuang holds a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley; a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington.


Valerie Cuevas

Director of Education
California Community Foundation

Valerie Cuevas directs the California Community Foundation’s education program and leads a dedicated grantmaking team developing, scaling, and removing barriers to evidence-based approaches that support the whole learner from birth to K-12 to post-secondary. With expertise in educational equity, state legislative policy and K-12 governance, she most recently led education grantmaking strategy at the Silicon Valley Community Foundation (SVCF) in northern California. She joined the philanthropic sector after a significant tenure with The Education Trust-West, where she focused on public policy advocacy and program work that improved educational outcomes for all students pre-kinder through college. Additionally, Cuevas was an education policymaker for six years as a two-term, publicly elected school board member. As Board President for a midsize urban district, she supported approximately 30,000 children, seventy-five percent of whom are English learners, low-income and/or foster youth students. Cuevas 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.


headshot of Etienne FangEtienne Fang

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.


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Peer Health Exchange

Dr. Angela Glymph is the CEO of Peer Health Exchange, a national nonprofit organization focused on providing youths ages 13-18 mental health, sexual wellness, and identity resources. Prior to her appointment as CEO in 2023, Dr. Glymph led PHE through significant programmatic transformations guided by her commitment to evidence- and stakeholder-informed practices in her role as Present. Dr. Glymph brings over 15 years of experience and expertise in developing and managing health and educational equity programs, as well as evaluating health and educational outcomes of such programs. As an expert in positive youth development, health equity, social and emotional learning, adolescent sexual and mental health, and social psychology, she is both a published author and frequent contributor to professional panels and media features. In addition to her work at PHE, Dr. Glymph co-leads a BIPOC Mental Health Coalition, which represents leaders of color from 25 national and local organizations that strive to center the voices of BIPOC youth within health and educational decision-making spaces. Dr. Glymph earned a Ph.D. and MS in Psychology from Howard University. In her spare time, she serves as the Vice Chair of the EduSeed Board of Directors, a non-profit organization based in Washington, DC, voluntarily serves as a Board member of Active Minds, a national nonprofit organization supporting mental health awareness and education for young adults, and mentors doctoral students, specifically those who hold marginalized identities as Adjunct Faculty at Howard University. She resides in the Washington DC area with her spouse and young son.


headshot of Antoniya MarinovaAntoniya Marinova

Associate Vice President
The Boston Foundation

Antoniya Marinova is an Associate Vice President at the Boston Foundation, where she leads the Foundation’s early childhood, education, and health & wellness strategies, including special initiatives, partnerships, civic leadership, and grantmaking. In 2022, she also served as the interim executive director of the Boston Opportunity Agenda, the City’s principal cradle-to-career public-private partnership. She joined the Boston Foundation in 2016 after holding multiple research roles at Harvard University’s Center for Education Policy Research, Mathematica Policy Research, and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, where her research work covered a broad span of topics in education and economic policy. Antoniya has a B.A. in economics from Mount Holyoke College and an M.P.P. in social and urban policy from the Harvard Kennedy School.


Headshot of KanikaKanika Pasricha

AVP Strategy and Growth
Sun Life Financial

Kanika Pasricha is AVP of Strategy at Sun Life Financial (Canada). She orchestrates strategic planning and leads strategy projects across Sun Life’s businesses . Previously, as Senior Director of Corporate Strategy at Rogers Communications, Kanika led her team on go-to-market and innovation-focused projects. Prior to this role, Kanika has held roles as a Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group (in Toronto) and as an Engagement Manager at McKinsey & Company (in New York). Kanika volunteers as an alumni interviewer for Princeton University, and as an admissions committee member and young alumni mentor for the Summer Science Program. Additionally, she is a co-leader of a Womens’ Circle for Stanford Graduate School of Business alumnae. She holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from Princeton University.


Mark Seiler


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.


Susan Stone

Marketing Director

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.


Joy headshotJoy Weiss

President and CEO
Tempo Automation

Joy Weiss has held executive leadership positions at a variety of private and public technology companies. Joy was CEO of Dust Networks when it was acquired by Linear Technology in 2011. Prior to Dust Networks, Joy was president & CEO of Inviso, an award winning private microdisplay company, and she began her career at Nortel Networks where she rose to the position of president and GM of the Network Management division. Joy has also served on the boards of several private companies, including Saraide, Glimmerglass, and Vigilent. She holds a BSEE from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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