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

CEO, Safe and Sound

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

Hardy Callcott & Nancy Spencer

Partner, Sidley Austin

Advisor, Environmental Nonprofits

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

Ron Gonzales

President and CEO, Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley

Zac Guevara

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

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

Ann-Louise Kuhns

California Children’s Hospital Association, President & CEO

Gavin MacElwee

Salesforce, Principal Success Specialist, Mobile Technologies

Pedro David Espinoza

Co-founder and CEO of Pan Peru USA

Bailey Masullo

Capital Group, Results Analysis Associate

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

Richard and Patti Shavelson

Stanford University, Professor of Education (Emeritus)

Nicole Tilley

William H. Tilley Family Foundation, Executive Director

Linda Verhulp

Executive Director, Morgan Charitable Foundation

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


California Community Foundation

The California Endowment

California Optometric Association

CareQuest Institute for Oral Health

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Chen Family Foundation, Robert and Lien

Chevron 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

Walter S. Johnson Foundation


Joseph Drown Foundation

Jonas Philanthropies

Dirk & Charlene Kabcenell Foundation

Kaiser Permanente – Northern and Southern California Community Benefits Program

W. M. Keck Foundation


Marin Community Foundation

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

SAGA 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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