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Meet the Team

Our team of playful professionals are dedicated to bringing the joy and benefits of play to everyone.

WORK TOGETHER, PLAY TOGETHER

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Olenka Villarreal

CEO and Founder

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Carlos Hernandez

RLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, SITES AP

Lead Landscape Architect and Designer

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Cynthia Keene

Community Engagement Manager

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Kris Loew

Creative Director

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Sydney Loew

Graphic and Multimedia Designer

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Rajeshwari Kulkarni

Project Designer

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Mimi Richart

Finance and Accounting Manager

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Harriet Stern

Curator of Community Kindness

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Daniel Stickney

Ambassador of Special Events

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

In Memorium to Beloved Board Member

Vince Steckler, 1958-2021

Elaine Captain

Board Chair

 

Jill Asher

Co-founder Magical Bridge Foundation

 

Ian Bain

Board Director

Redwood City’s city council member from 2003-2020, including terms as Mayor and Vice Mayor

 

Leland Levy

Board Director

Senior VP-Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors

 

Intekhab Nazeer

Board Treasurer

CFO, WekaIO Inc.

Melissa Rick

Board Secretary

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

 

Joyce Reynolds-Sinclair, Ph.D.

Board Chair Emeritus (2017-2020)

Managing Director, GEO Group Strategic Services, LLC

 

Amanda Steckler

Board Director

Philanthropist and Owner, Killiney Kopitiam and Table 7 Restaurants

 

Olenka Villarreal

Board Director

CEO and Founder, Magical Bridge Foundation

MAGICAL BRIDGE ADVISORY COUNCIL

Jay Beckwith

“Father of Modern Day Playground,” Former President, Kompan, Consultant, Boundless Playgrounds

 

Brandon Biggs

Engineer, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

Chad Bojorquez Chief Program Officer at Destination Home and passionate advocate of equity and diversity

 

Anne Cohen

Founder, Disability Health Access; Expert and Advocate for Disability Rights

Monica Chacon

Project Ambassador for East Palo Alto and proud longtime resident with two children. As a parent of a child with a disability, Monica is passionate about bringing thoughtfully designed places into her community for friends and family to enjoy

Xin Liu

President of Enlight Foundation, advocate for improving education inequality, and anchor donor for Magical Bridge Playground and Magical Bridge Foundation

 

Peggy Pizzo

M. Ed. Director of the Early Learning Project at the Stanford Graduate School of Education


Tyrone Starkie

Adjunct Professor Wesleyan College and CEO of Community Heroes which supports community all-inclusiveness

Peter Tsai

Senior Vice President of Real Estate Development for The Sobrato Organization and Board Chair of Chamber of San Mateo County

Kyle Wood

Project Engineer at Robert A. Bothman Construction who has managed the construction of Palo Alto and Redwood City Magical Bridge playgrounds and knows the impact of this work and is excited to keep spreading the magic