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John Quinn
Program Manager

John Quinn is the program manager for Playworks San Francisco and has been with the organization for six years. After graduating from UC Davis, John started as a program coordinator in Alameda, CA. After two strong years in the field, he was promoted to program manager in the East Bay office. Over a three-year span, John supervised coaches in Oakland, Emeryville, Richmond, El Cerrito and Berkeley. An Oakland native, John has shown his dedication to the organization by relocating to San Francisco.
John's favorite game to lead is Capture the Flag and his favorite game to play is 3 Lines Basketball. John’s favorite Playworks memory is traveling with a team of five to Capetown, South Africa for 18 days, to teach children and community leaders games they had never seen as well as to model the Playworks philosophy.

Colby Gordon
Program Manager

Playworks Program Manager Colby Gordon joined the San Francisco office team after completing two years of Americorps service as a program coordinator at Verde Elementary in Richmond, CA and one year as program manager in Philadelphia.  Born and raised in Oakland, CA, Colby has ventured far from home to spread the Playworks vision. He hopes to bring his dedication to play to recess yards all over San Francisco and is excited about introducing Playworks to thousands of new students. It's game time. Play hard!!


More Updates

January 12, 2023

Golden State Warriors Community Foundation & Salesforce partner with Playworks ›

We are grateful for our continued partnership with the Warriors Community Foundation and Salesforce during the 2022-2023 school year. With their support, Playworks Northern California has delivered safe and healthy play to over 41,200 elementary school children of promise this year! Check out this inspiring video showcasing our work together:      

A boy and girl holding basketballs on a playground.
A boy and girl holding basketballs on a playground.

November 16, 2022

2021-22 Annual Report ›

We are excited to share with you a look back at everything we accomplished in the 2021-2022 program year. It was a year focused on rebuilding after the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and we are proud to share that we served 41,200 students in the Northern California Region.  We are thankful for your continued…

three people with Playworks shirts
three people with Playworks shirts

July 28, 2022

A year of social and emotional learning ›

“You can’t do SEL, trauma, or equity work without each other,” Jennette Claassen, Head of Evaluation, Playworks. As Playworks continued to progress on our equity journey, we explored a critical question: what are the intersections between play, social and emotional learning, physical activity, and trauma? A working group focused on this question decided, among other…