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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!!


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July 19, 2021

Warriors Community Foundation and Salesforce sponsor Playworks video ›

Playworks is delighted to share this video showcasing our continued partnership with the Warriors Community Foundation and Salesforce during the 2020-21 school year! We are grateful for our highlighted partners, Catholic Charities Maureen & Craig Sullivan Youth Services in San Francisco and Manzanita Community School in Oakland. Playworks has delivered safe and healthy play to…

March 25, 2021

Top 6 Games to Play Physically Distant with No Equipment ›

As more and more schools transition back to in-person learning, we know educators are looking for games that are physically-distant and don’t require equipment. The need for play is more important than ever due to the isolation that our kids have endured during COVID-19. Play encourages creativity, flexibility, teamwork, and other critical social skills. We’ve…

March 12, 2021

Playworks: One Year Later ›

One year ago… All of our partner schools closed their buildings and our work serving kids in schools risked coming to a halt. We knew our mission had to continue. We remained committed to providing opportunities for joy and connection through play for kids in a COVID safe way, regardless if their school was virtual,…