About Playworks Northern California

All kids deserve the social, emotional, and physical benefits of play. We help schools and youth programs create healthy play environments where every child can join in.

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Meet Playworks Northern California

Founded in 1996, Playworks expanded to Northern California in 2012. Playworks Northern California serves low-income schools across the San Francisco Bay Area through our year-round, on-site support services. We’re also reaching thousands more students across Northern California through professional development workshops for schools and youth organizations.

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Meet Our People


headshot of Bertina
headshot of Bertina

March 11, 2021

Bertina Denogean ›

Bertina “Coach B” Denogean came to Playworks as an AmeriCorps member in 2012. As an educator on the playground, Coach B thrived on the opportunity to make a positive and meaningful impact on the students and adults she served. In…

March 11, 2021

Michelle Serrano ›

Michelle joined Playworks as an AmeriCorps coach in NorCal back in 2006, and her love of kids, sports, and our impact has remained front and center throughout her career at Playworks. After completing her AmeriCorps service, she became a Program…

Tommy Courtney
Tommy Courtney

May 8, 2018

Tommy Courtney ›

Tommy started with Playworks in 2019 as a Program Coordinator, bringing with him a passion for supporting the growth of healthy communities. With several years’ experience working in athletics and play around the Bay Area, Tommy recently jumped into the role of…

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