Leadership

Heidi Andersen, Head of Revenue

Heidi oversees Nextdoor’s global sales team and revenue streams. Prior to Nextdoor, Heidi served as LinkedIn’s Vice President of Global Sales, where she built the Global Online Sales Organization under LinkedIn’s Marketing Solutions division. She founded the business unit and grew it to $1b+. Prior to LinkedIn, Heidi worked in Google’s AdWords Sales group and helped build Google’s Display Ads Business. Heidi grew up in Denmark, and now resides in Northern California with her son. Download Heidi’s photo

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Maryam Banikarim, Head of Marketing

Maryam has more than 25 years of marketing experience, managing global brands and international teams. She was most recently the Global CMO of Hyatt Hotels, repositioning the Hyatt brand as purpose driven by putting the guest at the center of the business. Her brand work at Hyatt resulted in increased brand awareness and organic user acquisition across online and offline channels. Prior to Hyatt, Maryam was SVP & CMO of Gannett. She also sits on Adweek’s Women Trailblazers Council Board, Fast Company’s Impact Council, and is the U.S. Board Chair of Reporters Without Borders. Download Maryam’s photo

Mike Doyle, CFO

Mike has more than 20 years experience in corporate finance. Before joining Nextdoor, he served as CFO at Despegar, Latin America’s largest travel agency, where he led the company’s successful IPO in 2017. Doyle also served as CFO at eLong, a China-based online travel agency and has held leadership roles at Expedia, Teledesic, and GIC (Government of Singapore Investment Corporation). As Chief Financial Officer of Nextdoor, Doyle oversees all corporate financial activities including financial and strategic planning, accounting and reporting, treasury and tax functions. Doyle grew up in Atlanta, GA and graduated from Southern Methodist University with a BBA and from Harvard University with an MBA. Download Mike’s photo

Sarah Friar, CEO

Prior to serving as Nextdoor’s CEO, Sarah was CFO of Square. Under Sarah’s leadership, Square launched its initial public offering in 2015 and added $30Bn in market cap. Before her tenure at Square, Sarah served as SVP of Finance & Strategy at Salesforce. Sarah also held executive roles at Goldman Sachs, as well as leadership positions at McKinsey in both London and South Africa. Sarah sits on the boards of Walmart and Slack, and is the co-founder of Ladies Who Launch, a nonprofit that celebrates and empowers women entrepreneurs. Sarah earned her MEng in Metallurgy, Economics, and Management from the University of Oxford and her MBA from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business, where she graduated as an Arjay Miller scholar. Download Sarah’s photo

Prakash Janakiraman, Co-Founder and Chief Architect

Prakash began his career as a software engineer at Excite@Home in 1996 before moving into engineering management at Shopping.com and Epinions. Prior to Nextdoor, Prakash spent nearly three years at Google, where he managed engineering teams for Google Maps, Google Base, and Froogle. Prakash is from Hayward, California, and attended the University of California, Berkeley. Download Prakash’s photo

Craig Lisowski, Head of Data, Information Systems and Trust

Craig oversees Nextdoor’s data engineering, BI, and IT teams to build stable and scalable data platforms, focusing on platform integrity, and building out our third-party business systems to streamline operational efficiency across all teams. Craig brings more than 20 years of wide-ranging experience in engineering, data analytics, business development, and third-party business systems and IT. Most recently, Craig was Head of Business Platform Engineering at Square for nearly six years, where he oversaw traditional corporate information systems and IT teams, built large scale data systems to track money movement for all products, led multiple engineering functions for compliance, direct e-commerce sales, customer success and handled all internal management reporting. Craig also held various technology and business leadership roles at Silicon Graphics, VeriSign, and Oracle. Craig grew up in Canada and attended Carleton University, and moved to the Bay Area in 1999. Download Craig’s photo

John Orta, Head of Legal and Corporate & Business Development

John joined Nextdoor from Metromile, the leader in pay-per-mile auto insurance as its Chief People Officer & General Counsel. Prior to his role at Metromile, John was SVP & General Counsel at OpenTable, leading the legal team during the company’s IPO in 2009, and OpenTable’s purchase by The Priceline Group in 2014. Adjacent to his role at Nextdoor, John is also a professor at the University of San Francisco School of Law. John oversees all aspects of the company’s legal and risk teams. John grew up in Phoenix, AZ and is a proud graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He also received a JD from the University of San Francisco School of Law and an MBA from the University of California, Berkeley. Download John’s photo

Bryan Power, Head of People

Bryan Power brings more than 20 years of human resources and talent acquisition experience to Nextdoor – most recently as Chief Human Resources Officer at Yahoo. Throughout his time at Yahoo, Bryan was responsible for leading the global People Team, serving more than 10,000 employees in 30 offices across the Americas, EMEA and APAC. Prior to Yahoo, Bryan held a similar role at Square, successfully growing the company from 350 to 1600 employees, and ramping employee programs and HR infrastructure ahead of the company’s successful public offering in November 2015. Previous to Square, Bryan spent eight years at Google. He is also a board member of Avenica, a U.S. recruiting firm that focuses on placing recent college graduates into entry-level career-track positions, as well as an advisor to a number of high growth tech companies in San Francisco. Download Bryan’s photo

Antonio Silveira

Antonio Silveira, Head of Engineering

Antonio brings more than 20 years experience in various engineering roles and oversees Nextdoor’s engineering teams to build stable, scalable, and innovative platform, working closely alongside Nextdoor’s product, design, and data teams to better serve our members. Prior to Nextdoor, Antonio was VP of Engineering at GoDaddy, developing product lines that empowered small business owners to build their online presence and grow their businesses, Antonio also held leadership positions at Yahoo where he led engineering for products including Yahoo Mail, Messenger, User Profiles, and Interests. Download Antonio’s photo