Great work is possible because of great supporters.

Children Now is fortunate to have supporters who share our passion for improving the lives of kids. Their contributions help to amplify our message, connect with local groups across the state, and achieve big wins for kids.

Board of Directors

Jason Salzetti
Board Chair
Deloitte Consulting LLP, Principal

Jane Gardner
Board Chair Emeritus
Gardener Rodriguez, Partner

John Garcia
Board Vice Chair
Kaiser Permanente, Vice President, Government Relations

Mark T. Johnsen
Board Treasurer
Wealth Architects, LLC, Chief Executive Officer

Nancy Murray
Board Secretary
Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP, Partner (retired)

Gay Krause
Foothill College, Krause Center for Innovation, Executive Director

Ted Lempert
Children Now, President

Denise McCain-Tharnstrom
Our Children LA, President & Founder

Holly L. Sutton
of Counsel, Farella Braun + Martel LLP, Partner

Brandon Martinez-Larragoiti
Vice President, Wealth Management Advisor, Merrill Lynch Wealth Management

Leadership Council

Members of the Leadership Council support and contribute to a powerful, unified voice for kids dedicated to ensuring all California children reach their full potential.

Karen Alden

Early Learning Advocate, Board Member, Hope Street Group, Board Member

Dede Alpert

Girard Foundation, Board Member, Former State Senator

Maria Amundson & Elliot Krane

Stanford DCI Fellow

Frank Baxter

Jefferies and Company Inc., Chairman Emeritus, Former United States Ambassador to Uruguay

Nancy Berman

Skirball Center, Founding Director & Director Emeritus, Philanthropist

Vernon Billy

California School Board Association, CEO & Executive Director

Julie Cates

Education Consultant, SV2 Member

Teresa Cisneros Burton & Sean Burton


Charles and Lisa Coker

Managing Director, Dasym Media LLC
Senior VP, Aon Commercial Risk

Jennifer Esmeralda Delaney

Blockchain – Facebook, Product Manager

Steve and Sarah Deschenes

Capital Group, SVP & Director of Client Analytics, Philanthropists

Candis Duke

Everychild Foundation, Chair, Policy & Activism Committee,Executive Board of Directors Member, Grant Screening Board (ECF), Member, Peter and Candis Doerken Foundation, CEO

Alison Elliott

SV2, Board of Directors

Judy Fishman


Adam Glick

Warner Bros. Television, Executive Vice President, Head of Business Affairs

Kimberley Goode

Blue Shield of California, Senior Vice President of External Affairs

Zac Guevara

Private Investor, Capital International Research, Inc., Former Executive VP, Investment Analyst

Susan Hanson

Educational Research & Program Evaluation

Crystal Hayling

The Libra Foundation, Executive Director

Beth Hunkapiller

Founder of San Carlos Charter Learning Center

Lauren Johnson

Liatis and Louis L. Borick Foundations, Trustee

Christopher Kanand

Orbis Investment Management, Analyst

Shaheena Khan

Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Director, Education Strategy & Ventures

Ann-Louise Kuhns

California Children’s Hospital Association, President & CEO

Gavin MacElwee

Salesforce, Principal Success Specialist, Mobile Technologies

Bailey Masullo

Capital Group, Results Analysis Associate

Antoinette & Alejandro Mayer

Blue Shield of California, Senior Director of Corporate Citizenship & Reputation

Boston Consulting Group, Managing Director & Partner 

Becky Morgan

Former State Senator, Philanthropist

Nabih N. Numair

Palo Alto Networks, Senior Manager, Global Security Operations Center

Mary Kelly Persyn

Senior Director, Legal & Strategy, New Teacher Center

Stefanie Phillips

Chamberlin Education Foundation, Chief Executive Officer

Kelly Pope

SV2 Partner
New Teacher Center Board of Directors

Sherri R. Sager

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford, Chief Government and Community Relations Officer

Nadya Scott

Reissa Foundation, Board Member

Richard and Patti Shavelson

Stanford University, Professor of Education (Emeritus)

Nicole Tilley

William H. Tilley Family Foundation, Executive Director

Steve Westly

Former California State Controller 


Children Now’s work is funded by the following foundations and organizations, as well as by individual contributions.

Alliance for Early Success

Blue Shield of California Foundation

The Louis L. Borick Foundation


The California Endowment

CareQuest Institute for Oral Health

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Chevron Foundation

Delta Dental Community Care Foundation

First 5 LA

First 5 Santa Clara

Full Circle Fund

Futures Without Violence

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Health Net

Hellman Foundation

Walter S. Johnson Foundation

Joseph Drown Foundation

Jonas Philanthropies

Dirk & Charlene Kabcenell Foundation

Kaiser Permanente – Northern and Southern California Community Benefits Program


Marin Community Foundation

Morgan Family Foundation

Pacific Life Foundation

Partnership for America’s Children

Heising-Simons Foundation

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Hurlbut-Johnson Charitable Trusts

The David and Lucile Packard Foundation

The Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health

The Ralph M. Parsons Foundation

The Philip and Muriel Berman Foundation

Pritzker Foster Care Initiative

Reissa Foundation

SAGA Foundation

San Joaquin Valley Health Fund

Sierra Health Foundation

Silver Giving Foundation

The Sobrato Family Foundation

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

Stein Family Fund

Stein Early Childhood Development Fund

The W. Clement & Jessie Stone Foundation

Stuart Foundation

Stupski Foundation

Sunlight Giving Foundation

Tikun Olam

Walton Family Foundation

Westly Foundation

Yellow Chair Foundation

Zellerbach Family Foundation

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