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)

Donna Friedman Meir
WOW Explorations, Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Natasha Hoehn
Silver Giving Foundation, Executive Director

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

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

Quincy Allen

Arc Capital Partners LLC, Managing Partner

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

Teresa Cisneros Burton & Sean Burton


Julie Cates

Education Consultant, SV2 Member

David and Carla Crane

Former Special Advisor to Governor Schwarzenegger
Govern for California, President & Co-Founder
Stanford University Lecturer

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

Pedro David Espinoza

Pan Peru USA, Founder & CEO Speaker + Author, Differences That Make A Difference

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

Buchanan & 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

Becky Morgan

Former State Senator, Philanthropist

Mary Kelly Persyn

Senior Director, Legal & Strategy, New Teacher Center

Kelly Pope

SV2 Partner
New Teacher Center Board of Directors

Cruz Reynoso

Former California Supreme Court Justice

Tamara and Kevin Rowland

Private Investors

Sherri R. Sager

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

Nadya Scott

Reissa Foundation, Board Member

Nicole Tilley

William H. Tilley Family Foundation, Executive Director

Mark Wilson

SV2 Director

Christina Zilber

Jouer Cosmetics, Founder & Creative Director


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

Alliance for Early Success
S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

Annenberg Foundation

Blue Shield of California Foundation

The Louis L. Borick Foundation


The California Endowment

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Chevron Foundation

DentaQuest Partnership for Oral Health Advancement

East Bay Community Foundation

First 5 LA

First 5 Santa Clara

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


John and Marcia Goldman Foundation

Goldhirsch Foundation

Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Health Net

Hellman Family

Walter S. Johnson Foundation

Joseph Drown Foundation

Dirk & Charlene Kabcenell Foundation

Kaiser Permanente – Northern and Southern California Community Benefits Program

LA Partnership for Early Childhood Investment

Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation

Marin Community Foundation


Morgan Family Foundation

Partnership for America’s Children

Heising-Simons Foundation

The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation

Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

Hurlbut-Johnson Charitable Trusts

The James Irvine 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

San Joaquin Valley Health Fund

Sierra Health Foundation

Silicon Valley Community 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

Weingart Foundation

Well Being Trust

Westly Foundation

Yellow Chair Foundation

Zellerbach Family Foundation

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