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.
Brandon M. Belford
Vice President, Chief of Staff to the CEO
Brandon is currently a Vice President and Chief of Staff to the CEO 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.
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.
Annie Crangle, Chair
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.
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.
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.
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.
Vice President of Customer Growth
Sarah currently serves as the vice president of sales for Workforce Athletics, a startup focused on providing team sports for companies. She also co-founded a non-profit that provides free secondary boarding schools in East Africa.
She made her mark at The University of Florida not only as a decorated point guard for the women’s basketball team (2002-2006) and three-time team captain, but also as a magna cum laude double major. She has collected a handful of academic awards including the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, the SEC’s H. Boyd McWhorter Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award and the SEC’s co-nomination for the NCAA Woman of the Year. Sarah went on to secure a masters degree in development studies from Oxford.
Sarah brings to Playworks her tremendous leadership abilities both on and off the court with her experience in education policy, intercollegiate athletics reform, workforce development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion. She was recently honored as UF women’s basketball program’s SEC Legend at the 2020 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament in Greenville, S.C.
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.
Signature Development Group
Nick Nieto is a project manager at Signature Development Group, a real estate development firm based in Oakland, California that specializes in residential, commercial, and mixed-use projects in Northern California. At Signature, Nick is involved in project due diligence, financial analysis, site planning, design, entitlement, construction, marketing, and asset management for various developments. Prior to joining Signature, Nick worked in various roles at UCLA, most recently in marketing, where he was responsible for project management and communication strategy for key fundraising and admission initiatives.
Nick holds a BA in Economics from UCLA, where as an undergraduate, he founded Funnel, an organization that provides pro bono management and marketing advisory services to nonprofits. It was through Funnel that Nick first connected with Playworks, consulting on various marketing initiatives in Southern California, and developed a passion for the transformative power of play.
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.