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 (retired)

Mark T. Johnsen

Board Treasurer
Wealth Architects, LLC, Chief Executive Officer

Gay Krause

Board Secretary
Krause Center for Innovation, Foothill DeAnza Community College District

Nancy Murray

Pillsbury Madison & Sutro LLP, Partner (retired)

Ted Lempert

Children Now, President

Denise McCain-Tharnstrom

Our Community 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

Antoinette Mayer

Vice President of Corporate Citizenship, Blue Shield of California

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.

Katie Albright
Senior Advisor/Immediate Past Chief Executive Officer, Safe and Sound Chair, First 5 California Commission

Karen Alden
Founder, Good2Know Partners
Board Member, Hope Street Group
Council Member, San Mateo County Child Care Partnership Council

Dede Alpert
Board Member, Girard Foundation
Former State Senator

Maria Amundson & Elliot Krane
Stanford DCI Fellow
Chief of Pediatric Pain Management, Stanford Children’s Health

Nancy Berman
Founding Director & Director Emeritus, Skirball Center Philanthropist

Louise Bryson
Chair Emerita of the Board of Trustees, J. Paul Getty Trust

Vernon Billy
CEO & Executive Director,
California School Board Association

Hardy Callcott & Nancy Spencer
Partner, Sidley Austin
Advisor, Environmental Nonprofits

Perry Chen
Director of Social Impact, Blue Shield of California

Jennifer Esmeralda Delaney
Product Manager, Blockchain – Facebook

Alison Elliott
Board of Directors, SV2

Judy Fishman
Founder, Children’s Nature Institute

Ron Gonzales
President & CEO, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
Former Mayor, City of San Jose

Zac Guevara
Private Investor
Former Executive Vice President &
Investment Analyst, Capital International Research, Inc.

Crystal Hayling
Executive Director, Libra Foundation
Former President and CEO of Blue Shield of California Foundation

Beth Hunkapiller
Founder, San Carlos Charter Learning Center

Lauren Johnson
Trustee, Liatis and Louis L. Borick Foundations

Christopher Kanand
Analyst, Orbis Investment Management

Ann-Louise Kuhns
President & CEO, California Children’s Hospital Association

Candis Duke
CEO, Peter and Candis Doerken Foundation
Chair, Policy & Activism Committee, Every child Foundation
Member, Executive Board of Directors, Every Child Foundation
Member, Grant Screening Board, Every Child Foundaion

Bailey Masullo
Lead Product Manager, Capital Group

Mary Kelly Persyn
Principal, Persyn Law & Policy
Vice President of Legal Affairs, Boys and Girls Club of San Francsico

Stefanie Phillips
Chief Talent Officer, West Ed
Board Member at Chamberlin Education Foundation

Kelly Pope
Partner, SV2
Board of Directors, New Teacher Center

Sherri R. Sager
Senior Vice President and Chief Government Relations Officer, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital (retired)

Richard & Patti Shavelson
Professor of Education (Emeritus), Stanford University

Linda Verhulp
Executive Director, Morgan Charitable Foundation

Steve Westly
Former California State Controller

Steve & Sarah Deschenes
Senior Vice President & Director of Client Analytics, Research, Capital Group

Gavin MacElwee
Principal Success Specialist – Mobile Technologies, SalesForce

Pedro David Espinoza
Co-Founder & CEO, Pan Peru USA


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

Broadcom Foundation

California Community Foundation

The California Endowment

California Optometric Association

CareQuest Institute for Oral Health

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Chevron Foundation

Deloitte Foundation

Delta Dental Community Care Foundation

East Bay Community Foundation

First 5 LA

First 5 Santa Clara

First 5 San Mateo

Fishman Family Foundation

Friedman Family Foundation

Futures Without Violence

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Mimi and Peter Haas Fund

Health Net

Hellman Foundation

Hurlbut-Johnson Fund

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Joseph Drown Foundation

Jonas Philanthropies

Dirk & Charlene Kabcenell Foundation

Kaiser Permanente – Northern and Southern California Community Benefits Program


Morgan Family Foundation

Heising-Simons Foundation

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

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

Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors

SAGA Foundation

San Diego Foundation

Sarlo Charitable Fund

George Sarlo Foundation

Samueli Foundation

San Joaquin Valley Health Fund

Sierra Health Foundation

Silver Giving Foundation

Skyline Foundation

May & Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

The Sobrato Family Foundation

Stein Early Childhood Development Fund

Stein Family Fund

The W. Clement & Jessie Stone Foundation

Stuart Foundation

Stupski Foundation

Sunlight Giving Foundation


Tikun Olam

Tipping Point Community

Westly Foundation

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