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


July 2, 2019

Sarah Clark ›

Sarah Clark has worked in the nonprofit sector for more than 20 years and managed campaigns to raise millions of dollars, primarily for social justice organizations. Her experience includes raising funds to support opposition groups and U.S. solidarity with El…

Marisa Dev
Marisa Dev

August 31, 2021

Marisa Rubio ›

Marisa is a new member of the Playworks team, beginning her Playworks journey in early 2021 as a California Development Associate. She brings to Playworks years of knowledge in nonprofit development and administration as well as her passion for continuing…

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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…

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