Leadership

Board of Directors and Board Observers

Sarah Friar

CEO at Nextdoor

Sarah Friar is the CEO of Nextdoor. She sits on the boards of Walmart and Slack, and is the co-founder and board member of the nonprofit Ladies Who Launch.

Bill Gurley

General Partner, Benchmark

Bill Gurley has spent over 15 years as a general partner at Benchmark. Prior to Benchmark, Bill was a partner with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners. He is also the author of the popular blog Above the Crowd. Bill serves on nine boards including Stitch Fix, Marco Polo and Good Eggs.

Leslie Kilgore

Former CMO, Netflix

Leslie Kilgore sits on the boards of Pinterest and Netflix, and previously sat on the board of LinkedIn. Leslie served as Netflix’s chief marketing officer from 2000 until 2012, and previously served as director of marketing for Amazon.

Mary Meeker

Co-Founder and General
Partner, Bond

Mary Meeker is a general partner at Bond. Prior to co-founding Bond, Mary was a general partner at Kleiner Perkins. Mary serves on the boards of Square, Lending Club and DocuSign.

Jason Pressman

Managing Director, Shasta Ventures

Jason Pressman is a managing director at Shasta Ventures. Prior to Shasta, Jason was vice president of strategy and operations at Walmart.com. Jason serves on the boards of Zuora, Smule and Crittercism

David Sze

General Partner, Greylock Partners

David Sze is a general partner at Greylock Partners. Prior to Greylock Partners, David was senior vice president of product strategy at Excite and then Excite@Home, and an early investor in LinkedIn. David is a board observer for Roblox and a member of the Board of Trustees at Yale University.

Nirav Tolia

Co-Founder, Nextdoor

Nirav Tolia is a Co-Founder of Nextdoor and was previously its Chief Executive Officer. Prior to Nextdoor, Nirav was Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of both Fanbase and Epinions. He has also had positions at Benchmark, Shopping.com and Yahoo! Inc.

Chris Varelas

Co-Founder and Managing Partner, Riverwood Capital

Chris Varelas is a co-founder and managing partner of Riverwood Capital. Prior to establishing Riverwood, he was managing director at Citigroup Global Markets Inc. He also sits on the boards of Elemental Cognition and MotionPoint, and the Advisory Boards for Streamlined Ventures, Global Ventures and the RAND Corporation’s Center for Global Risk and Security.


Amy Banse, Board Observer

Managing Director and Head of Funds, Comcast Ventures

Amy Banse is the managing director and head of funds for Comcast Ventures. Amy also sits on the boards of Adobe and Clorox.

Sarah Leary, Board Observer

Co-Founder, Nextdoor

Sarah Leary is a venture partner at Unusual Ventures. A co-founder of Nextdoor and previously its vice president of marketing, international, and operations, Sarah has also been in leadership roles at eBay, Epinions and Microsoft.

Neighborhood Vitality Advisory Board

Established in 2019, this group of diverse academics and experts, in the fields of social psychology, equality and civic engagement, advises on the necessary elements of thriving communities and building deeper connections between neighbors.

Jennifer Eberhardt

Stanford University

Jennifer Eberhardt has spent 22 years as a Professor of Psychology at Stanford University. Professor Eberhardt is the author of “Biased” and has studied the science of unconscious bias for more than two decades.

Kelli Harding

Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Kelli Harding is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center. She is also the author of The Rabbit Effect and previously served on the board of the Association of American Medical Colleges.

Julianne Holt-Lunstad

Brigham Young University

Julianne Holt-Lunstad has spent 19 years as a Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at Brigham Young University. She also serves as a scientific advisor for the Australian Coalition to End Loneliness, the Foundation for Art & Healing, and research advisory panel for AARP Services, Inc., United Healthcare, and Rural Aging.

Derrick Johnson

NAACP

Derrick Johnson is the President and CEO of the NAACP. He has spent his entire career as an activist fighting for equal rights and has worked at the NAACP since 2004 in state and national roles.

Tracey Meares

Yale Law School

Tracey Meares is a Walton Hale Hamilton Professor of Law at Yale Law School and the Founding Director of the Justice Collaboratory with over 20 years in legal education. She is also a board member of the Joyce Foundation.

Sylvia Rosabal

Telemundo & Univision (Formerly)

Sylvia Rosabal is a media executive in the Hispanic media industry. She has held senior positions with Telemundo and Univision spanning a 25 year career.

Ryan Streeter

American Enterprise Institute

Ryan Streeter is the Director of Domestic Policy Studies at American Enterprise Institute. He is the author of four books and has over 20 years experience working in government and policy, including for the White House.

Client Advisory Board

Established in 2019, this group of marketing, branding and advertising experts advises on best practices, innovative ideas and guidance for our advertising initiatives, while ensuring value and differentiation, for both advertisers and members.

Kevin Burke

Square

Kevin Burke is the former Chief Marketing Officer and Head of Marketing, Sales, Partnerships & International of Square Inc. Prior to Square, Kevin was the Chief Marketing Officer at Visa Inc.

John Dokes

AccuWeather

John Dokes is the former Chief Content Officer and President at AccuWeather Network. Prior to that, John was the Senior Vice President at Marvel Entertainment.

Kim F. Grant

Bank of America

Kim F. Grant is the Strategic Communications Planning and Paid Media Executive for Bank of America, Merrill and Global Markets. A 23 year veteran of BofA, Kim leads a diverse and dynamic team tasked with harnessing consumer insights and designing communications strategies across paid, owned and earned channels globally.

Melissa Grady

Cadillac

Melissa is the Chief Marketing Officer of US auto manufacturer Cadillac. Prior to her role with Cadillac, Melissa held leadership roles at Jackson Hewitt, MetLife, and Motorola.

Nick Jezarian

Target

Nick Jezarian is the Senior Director of Media Strategy at Target. Prior to his roles with Target, Nick led media and digital marketing teams at Simmons Bedding and the Coca-Cola Company.

Steve Katelman

Omnicom Media Group

Steve Katelman is the Executive Vice President of Global Strategic Partnerships for Omnicom Media Group, where he has worked since 1996. Steve is actively involved in the American Association of Advertising Agencies and the IAB.

Allison Lowrie

HomeAdvisor

Allison Lowrie is the Chief Marketing Officer of HomeAdvisor. Prior to HomeAdvisor, Allison was the Director of Advertising Products at cars.com. Allison sits on the board of the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) and is Chairperson of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

Jeffrey Nicholson

Tracer

Jeffrey Nicholson is the Chief Executive Officer of Tracer, a VaynerX company. Prior to Tracer, Jeff served as the Chief Media Officer at VaynerMedia. Jeff sits on the advisory boards of Pinterest and Roku.

Andrea Perez

Nike

Andrea Perez is the head of the Women’s and Kids business for Brand Jordan at Nike. Prior to this role, Andrea held several leadership roles with Nike including General Manager for Soccer in North America, Senior Brand Director for Global Football (soccer) and Global Brand Director for Tennis.

Public Agency Advisory Board

Established in 2019, this group of government experts — including representatives from cities, counties, mayor’s offices, governor’s offices, health officials, transportation departments, police and fire departments — advises on fostering connected communities and increasing civic engagement in neighborhoods around the world.

Lara Foss

City of Austin, Texas

Lara Foss is the Corporate Communications Marketing Consultant for the City of Austin. Prior to the City of Austin, she worked for Dell and co-founded the company TreadRight Inc.

Charles Husted

City of Sedona, Arizona

Charles Husted is the Chief of Police of the Sedona Police Department. Prior to the Sedona Police Department, he served in the Sacramento Police Department for over 30 years.

Warren Kagarise

King County, Washington

Warren Kagarise is the Digital Engagement Manager for King County, Washington. Prior to King County, he was Communications Coordinator at the City of Issaquah, WA.

Wunmi Ladele

Wunmi Ladele

U.K. National Health Service

Wunmi Ladele is a Social and Digital Media Assistant Manager for the NHS. Prior to working for the NHS, she worked as a Digital Marketing Executive for a digital marketing agency specialising in producing dynamic video content for private clients in the healthcare industry.

Leah LaRue

City of Atlanta, Georgia

Leah is the Assistant Director of the Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) in the City of Atlanta. Prior to this she served in roles in both public and private sectors in Atlanta.

Greg Licamele

Fairfax County, Virginia

Greg Licamele is a Director of External Digital Communications at Fairfax County Government. He has worked over 15 years for Fairfax County.

Janelle McGregor

City of Tampa, Florida

Janelle McGregor is the Community Partnership Manager for the City of Tampa. Prior to the City of Tampa, she worked as a Spokesperson for the Tampa Police Department.

Katie Nelson

Mountain View, California Police Department

Katie Nelson is the Social Media and Public Relations Coordinator for the Mountain View Police Department. Prior to Mountain View Police Department, she worked as a reporter for San Jose Mercury News.

Francis Zamora

San Francisco Department of Emergency Management

Francis Zamora is the Chief of Staff at the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management. Prior to the San Francisco Department of Emergency Management, he was Vice President at The Thier Group.