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

Lenny Mendonca

Board Chair, McKinsey & Company, Senior Partner Emeritus, San Francisco

Jane Gardner

Board Chair Emeritus, Harbour Strategic Consulting, 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

Denise McCain-Tharnstrom

Our Children LA, Founder, President & Board Chair

Jason Salzetti

Deloitte Consulting, Principal

Grace K. Won

Narrative Magazine, Publisher Director

Ted Lempert

Children Now, President

of Counsel

Holly Sutton, Farella Braun + Martel LLP

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

Austin Beutner

LA Times, Former Publisher and Chief Executive

Vernon Billy

California School Board Association, CEO & Executive Director

Carla Bryant

Kenneth Rainin Foundation, Director, Education Strategy & Ventures

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

Judy Fishman


Bernadette Glenn

WHH Foundation, Executive Director

Adam Glick

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

Dawn and Jae Goodman

CASA Advocate and Board Member; CEO of Observatory, A Stagwell & CAA Company

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

Lauren Johnson

Liatis and Louis L. Borick Foundations, Trustee

Chris Kanand

Orbis Investment Management, Analyst

Ann-Louise Kuhns

California Children’s Hospital Association, President & CEO

Laura and Gary Lauder

Laura and Gary Lauder Venture Philanthropy Fund, Trustees

Gavin MacElwee

Salesforce, Principal Success Specialist, Mobile Technologies

Becky Morgan

Former State Senator, Philanthropist

Ross Pollack

Lionsgate Entertainment Corporation, EVP & Chief Human Resources Officer

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

Dave Thomas

Global Investment Control at Capital Group, Associate

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

The Louis L. Borick Foundation


The California Endowment

The Annie E. Casey Foundation

Chan Zuckerberg Initiative

Chevron Foundation

DentaQuest Foundation

East Bay Community Foundation

First 5 LA

First 5 Santa Clara

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation


Goldhirsch Foundation

Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund

Walter S. Johnson Foundation

Dirk & Charlene Kabcenell Foundation

Kaiser Permanente – Northern and Southern California Community Benefits Program

Dean & Margaret Lesher Foundation

Marin Community Foundation


Morgan Family Foundation

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

Pritzker Foster Care Initiative

Sierra Health Foundation

Silver Giving Foundation

May and Stanley Smith Charitable Trust

Stein Early Childhood Development Fund

The W. Clement & Jessie Stone Foundation

Stuart Foundation

Tikun Olam

Walton Family Foundation

Weingart Foundation

Westly Foundation

Zellerbach Family Foundation

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