The Playworks Northern California Regional Board is a groups of change-makers who believe in the power of play and are active ambassadors for Playworks. These playful professionals contribute their personal time to share the mission of Playworks: to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play.
Rebecca Goldberg, Chair
Senior Program Officer
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation
Rebecca is a Senior Program Officer on the Education Team at the S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation. In this role, Rebecca supports youth development organizations nationally to promote character development for youth. She also works closely with the California Department of Education and several non-profits in CA to strengthen the quality of after-school programs across the state.
She brings over ten years experience in the youth development field as well as a background in workforce development creating career pathway programs for low-income youth, adult, and veterans. Rebecca has a BA degree from Colgate University.
Rebecca believes in the importance of play and was inspired by the impact Playworks makes on kids, schools, and communities by fostering leadership and social-emotional learning on the playground, eliminating bullying, and making schools safe, fun, and welcoming for all kids. She’s also a big fan of a round of handball on the playground.
Riccardo is thrilled about the opportunity to support Playworks have a positive impact on kids at School and in the Community. The power of sport and play is his mantra. When he first went to a playground where the recess was led by Playworks he said: “This is simply wonderful! I wish my recess was the same when I was a kid!”
Brandon is currently a Senior Director and Chief of Staff at Lyft. He previously led public policy and government affairs activities for the Special Projects Group at Apple. Prior to moving to the Bay Area, Brandon spent six plus years serving in various leadership positions within the Obama Administration at the National Economic Council in the White House, the U.S. Department of Transportation, and the U.S. Department of Energy. He began his career in the private sector where he worked in a growth-staged solar energy company (SunEdison) and at Bank of America Securities.
Brandon holds an MBA from The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill. He is a native of Flint, Michigan, and is an avid sports fan, fitness enthusiast, foreign policy wonk, and traveler.
Brandon is excited about the opportunity to help Playworks have a positive impact on kids in the community. He believes in the power of sports and play, and the important role that active and social lifestyles play in developing well-rounded, healthy, and productive members of society.
Senior Director of Strategic Marketing Events
Jason has spent the last 25+ years as a finance professional in the Bay Area. He has a wide breadth of corporate finance experience at some of the region’s premier companies. Jason currently is a senior director at Salesforce, running finance and operations on the strategic marketing events team. This team runs Dreamforce, the largest and one of the most renowned technology conferences in the world. He has been at Salesforce for the last eight years in numerous finance roles. Prior to that, Jason worked on the finance teams at Bay Area companies such as Charles Schwab and Applied Materials.
Jason grew up in suburban Chicago and graduated with both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign before coming to San Francisco.
Jason has been involved in sports from a young age and has been part of many athletic teams from childhood into adulthood. He’s also been an avid and active supporter of community volunteerism on several levels including multiple youth-focused nonprofit organizations.
Jason was introduced to Playworks through several volunteer events with Salesforce. He was immediately drawn to the energy of the organization as well as their mission and values around the power of play, inclusion, and creating a positive environment on our school’s playgrounds. He is excited to leverage his professional background and Bay Area network connections to help Playworks achieve its goals.
Annie is a team leader, strategist, and coach. She utilizes her experiences in education, business, and athletics to facilitate inclusive and inspiring strategic planning processes. Her ability to work across sectors and with diverse leaders stems from years of advising social impact organizations and businesses, playing Division I college basketball, and teaching elementary kids.
Annie holds an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis and a BA in Journalism and African American History from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a former Big Ten Conference athlete and a current member of the San Francisco Olympic Club Women’s National Basketball team.
Annie first encountered Playworks as a Teach for America Corps Member teaching fourth grade students and physical education at a start-up charter school in North Minneapolis, Minnesota. Annie is passionate about the role of social-emotional development and athletics in preparing students for healthy, happy lives, and is thrilled to be a part of the Playworks family, energizing education for all students.
Future State Inc.
Anna is a consultant at Future State, an employee-owned, women-led, B Corps. She also leads Future State’s giving and volunteering program.
Anna’s ten plus years of experience spans five countries and many passions including youth development, education, and workforce development. Her experience as a teacher, case manager, Board Member, and volunteer with various organizations like the Peace Corps, No Kid Hungry, etc illustrates her dedication to these causes. Anna has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the University of Michigan and a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish from UCLA.
Anna’s beliefs align with Playworks’ emphasis on the importance of play, the intersection of social emotional learning while having an active lifestyle, and developing leadership skills for youth.
Point B Consulting
Director of Development
Tandem, Partners in Early Learning
Margaret Daoud-Gray is the Development Director for Tandem, Partners in Early Learning. She has a diverse set of experiences in education, policy advocacy, and cross-sector collaboration. Previously, Margaret supported programs and partnerships between companies, schools, and nonprofits to increase opportunities for students, and led legislative advocacy to increase access to high-quality education. Margaret taught elementary and middle school in San Jose (at a Playworks school!) and in Panama. She has an M.A. in education and a B.A. in international studies and political science.
Margaret was inspired by the impact Playworks programming had for her students – building confidence, inspiring health and fitness, and instilling a love of play. Despite a distinct lack of hand-eye coordination, she will never turn down a round of four square or dodgeball.
Senior Human Resources Manager
Heather Dun is a Senior Human Resources Manager of the Programmable Solutions Engineering (PSE) organization, joining in 2017. In this role, she provides strategic and operational HR support driving HR strategy, organizational design, talent development, workforce planning, and employee engagement. She serves as a trusted business partner to the SVP of Engineering, VP of Software, Intellectual Property, and PMO organizations. She has over 20 years of experience as an HR professional and has held several key HR positions for various fortune 500 global companies. Heather holds a Bachelor in Liberal Arts, Human Resources Option from California State University, Hayward. She holds a Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certification..
During her time off, she enjoys spending time with her husband and son exploring activities and restaurants in the Bay Area, watching movies, chilling with her 2 cats, and walking her chocolate lab, Annie.
Heather believes in the values of being a strong leader and being inclusive in all aspects of life. Her son had the opportunity to be a Playworks Junior Coach in Elementary school, this provided him the foundational skills to be a leader. She is drawn to the mission and values around the power of play, inclusion, and creating a positive environment on our school’s playgrounds. She also loves 4-square and resolving conflict with a good game of Rock, Paper, Scissors (roshambo).
Brian Garrett Real Estate Group
Nicole holds a BA in mathematics and a teaching certificate from The College of New Jersey and a JD from UCLA School of Law. Nicole is excited to be on the board as she believes that the values and skills taught by Playworks directly improve students’ attitudes and learning environments, important elements to educate future generations.
Corporate Venture Capital, Strategy, Corporate Development
Pramod is a senior member of VMware’s corporate strategy and corporate investments group. He advises business unit leaders in the areas of cloud computing, security, mobility, artificial intelligence, and IoT. He also leads VMware’s strategic investments in these markets. Prior to VMware, Pramod led corporate strategy at Seagate Technology and helped formulate three-year strategy and priorities for the company. Pramod attended business school at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and completed MSEE at Purdue University and Bachelor of Technology from Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, India. Pramod grew up in India and moved to the US for graduate studies.
Outside of work, Pramod likes outdoors, traveling, trying out new restaurants and meeting interesting people. Pramod is passionate about children’s mental and physical health and has volunteered for several Taproot projects helping non-profits grow and create a bigger impact
Pramod lives in Cupertino with his wife and two daughters who love Playworks’ coaches and games played during recess.
Pramod first encountered Playworks when his team volunteered for recess play at Brentwood Elementary School in East Palo Alto. Pramod is passionate about the role group based games and physical activity in preparing students for healthy, happy lives, and is thrilled to be a part of the Playworks family.
Program Leader & Digital Strategy
Kevin Halteman’s background is in marketing, consulting, and finance within the healthcare and financial services industries. His roots are from the Midwest, but he now considers the Bay Area home after moving here in 2009. He graduated with a bachelor of science in finance and risk from Illinois State University. Currently he is a program leader for an innovation group within Kaiser Permanente’s CEO Office. Additionally he loves to do anything outdoors or adventurous, and became a dad to a baby boy in December 2016.
Principal Product Manager
Liz Kao builds and launches B2B products that customers actually love. She has 15+ years enterprise SaaS experience from Salesforce, Zendesk, and Twitter and is currently VP of Products at Full Circle Insights, which provides marketing attribution to marketing operations teams. She graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business and the University of California, Berkeley, and is the author of Salesforce for Dummies. Her team-oriented nature and individual motivation were cultivated from lessons learned while playing and coaching volleyball and other sports. She also realizes that key physical coordination skills were laid with an early exposure to kickball, handball, jump rope, Hoppity Hops, and tag.
Trinity is a Director in Accenture’s Talent and Organization practice. She has worked with Silicon Valley based clients for almost two decades helping to prepare technology companies for the future by driving organization change, as well as talent and learning transformations. Trinity is passionate about not only driving change and growth for Accenture’s clients, but in developing the skills and careers of the practitioners that she works with, and creating new offerings to help clients build successful and dynamic workforces. Trinity was a National Merit Scholar and graduated magna cum laude with a BS in Mathematics from the Honors College at the University of Oklahoma.
When not in her car commuting around the Bay Area, Trinity spends her time with husband and young son. On any given day they are either traveling to various countries around the world, working at home on their small ranchette (usually building fence for their menagerie of animals), or making wine as part of their fledgling winery.
Trinity is passionate about lifelong learning and the importance of safe and inclusive play in early development, to help build compassionate and resilient leaders of the future. She believes strongly in the value of the Playworks mission and the tangible results they are achieving both in the classroom and the lives of kids.
Craig spends his days developing and managing products for consumer tech and digital media markets. In the past, he has held leadership positions in product marketing, content programming, and business development, while managing a variety of digital platforms, including interactive television as well as online film and TV distribution. Craig graduated from the University of Virginia with a BS in commerce and received an MBA. from Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management.
During his off-time, he enjoys exploring the Bay Area with his two young kids who are always up for new adventures. Growing up in New York with a kindergarten teacher as a mom, Craig has picked up a few key playground tips that have served him well through the years, including it takes two to seesaw.
Craig values the need for both structured and unstructured play, for all ages. To foster this in his community, he serves on the Parks and Recreation Commission in his home city of Belmont. Craig strongly believes in the mission of Playworks and is excited to lend a (roshambo) hand during such an important phase in youth development.
Light Street Capital
Kevin Sullivan is an investor at Light Street Capital, a San Francisco-based hedge fund. Prior to joining Light Street, Kevin was a Vice President at True Wind Capital, a technology-focused private equity firm. Kevin began his career at Qatalyst Partners and Moelis & Company, two boutique investment banks where he advised various technology companies on mergers and acquisitions. Kevin holds a BA with honors in economics and mathematics, as well as an MA in finance, from Claremont McKenna College where he was captain of the Men’s Basketball team (Go Stags!), Chief Financial Officer of the student government, and a student representative on the college’s Board of Trustees.
Between playing sports his entire life, and a mother who has spent over a decade as an elementary school teacher, Kevin understands the need for structure on the playground and has a strong belief in the ability of Playworks to instill lasting communication, team building, and conflict resolution skills in the students it serves. He is excited to contribute to the cause and support the amazing Playworks staff as they continue to improve the playground environment of schools across the country.
True Wind Capital
TJ Veech is an investor at True Wind Capital, a San Francisco-based private equity firm focused on technology investing. Prior to True Wind, TJ worked at William Blair & Company in Chicago, where he focused on sell-side M&A advisory for technology companies in the middle market. TJ holds a BS with honors in accountancy from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. At Illinois, TJ was active in several student-led organizations focused on peer mentorship and professional development and was an active pick-up basketball and intramural sports player on campus. As a lifelong Illinois resident and newcomer to the Bay Area, he has enjoyed exploring San Francisco and avoiding Chicago winters.
TJ is excited to join the board and work alongside the Playworks team to help instill the values of healthy play to students at a young age. He is a big believer that play is a powerful way for kids build a foundation of leadership, socialization, and conflict resolution – while building a habit of being active.
Manager, Product Operations
Sloan Saunders is a Product Operations leader at Evidation Health, a health-tech company focusing on building an ecosystem of evidence generation for improved health outcomes. Sloan holds a BS in Exercise Science from The George Washington University and was a 4-year student athlete & 1-year co-captain of the Women’s Swim Team. She was an active member of a professional, pre-health fraternity, Delta Epsilon Mu, serving 1 term as Vice President. Her numerous leadership opportunities in undergrad laid foundation for her career trajectory in management. Sloan has worked as a Project Manager for a small medical device company building technologies for breast cancer treatment and as a Product Operations & Program Manager for a software development company focusing on building HR solutions for small businesses.
Joua is a Principal in Squar Milner where her focus is primarily on providing compliance and consulting services to tax exempt organizations, including foundations, health care organizations, universities, and private foundations. Her expertise includes helping tax exempt organizations obtain, maintain, or terminate their exempt status; helping organizations understand unrelated business income, as well as tax implications and reporting requirements, and helping with compensation issues.
During her off-time, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, hiking, 4-wheeling, or just hanging out in the backyard. As a mother of four wonderful children, Joua believes in the power of play, inclusion, and creating a positive and safe environment on our school’s playgrounds.