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Magical Bridge Team

Meet the Team

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


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Olenka Villarreal

Chief Executive Officer

and Founder

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Chief Operations Officer

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Chief Marketing Officer


Harriet Stern

Curator of Community Kindness


Graphic and Multimedia Designer

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Mimi Richart

Finance and Accounting Manager


Barbara Butler

Wood Play Structure Designer


Rajeshwari Kulkarni

Project Designer


Community Engagement Manager


In Memorium to Beloved Board Member

Vince Steckler, 1958-2021

Ian Bain

Board Chair

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

Jill Asher

Board Director
Co-founder Magical Bridge Foundation

Elaine Captain

Board Director
COO, Magic
al Bridge Foundation

Ted Drake

Board Director

Global Accessibility and Inclusion Leader at Intuit

Leland Levy

Board Director

Senior VP-Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors

Todd Parmacek

Board Director

Silicon Valley Finance Executive

Melissa Rick

Board Secretary

Partner, Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Joyce Jaffe Reynolds, Ph.D.

Board Chair Emeritus (2018-2021)

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


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

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