Our Team

Our Team

Leadership

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    Heidi Andersen

    Head of Revenue

    Heidi is Nextdoor’s Head of Revenue. Prior to joining 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. Heidi grew up in Denmark, and now resides in Northern California with her son.

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    Maryam Banikarim

    Head of Marketing

    Maryam oversees the marketing, communications and global teams. Previously she was the Global CMO of Hyatt Hotels, CMO of Gannett, SVP of NBCUniversal and CMO of Univision. Maryam was born in Iran, has lived in the U.K., France and Argentina, and considers New York City home, where she lives with her husband, two kids, and dog Charlie.

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    Mike Doyle

    CFO

    Mike is Nextdoor’s Chief Financial Officer. Before joining Nextdoor, Mike served as CFO at Despegar, the largest Latin American travel agency. Mike has also held leadership roles at eLong, Expedia, Teledesic, and GIC. Mike is from Atlanta, Georgia, has lived in Argentina, China and Singapore and now lives in San Francisco with his wife and three children.

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    Sarah Friar

    CEO

    Sarah is Nextdoor’s Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining Nextdoor, Sarah served as CFO at Square, SVP of Finance & Strategy at Salesforce, and lead software analyst and Business Unit Leader at Goldman Sachs. Sarah is from Northern Ireland, has lived in South Africa, and now lives in Northern California with her husband and two children.

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    Prakash Janakiraman

    Co-Founder and Chief Architect

    Prakash is Nextdoor’s Chief Architect. Prakash previously led engineering teams for Google Maps. Prior to that, Prakash was at Shopping.com, Epinions, and Excite@Home. Prakash is from Northern California and lives in San Francisco with his wife.

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    Craig Lisowski

    Head of Data, Information Systems and Trust

    Craig oversees Nextdoor’s data engineering, BI, and IT teams. Before joining Nextdoor, Craig was Head of Business Platform Engineering at Square. Prior to that, Craig held leadership roles at Silicon Graphics, VeriSign, and Oracle. Craig is from Canada, has lived in Switzerland and now lives in Northern California with his wife and two children.

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    John Orta

    Head of Legal and Corporate & Business Development

    John oversees Nextdoor’s legal and corporate development teams. Before joining Nextdoor, John was General Counsel & Chief People Officer at Metromile and SVP & General Counsel at OpenTable. John is from Phoenix, Arizona, and lives in the Bay Area, via Santa Barbara, with his three kids and two dogs.

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    Bryan Power

    Head of People

    Bryan is Nextdoor’s Head of People. He was most recently Chief Human Resources Officer at Yahoo. Bryan held a similar role at Square and prior to that spent eight years at Google. Bryan is from Concord, Massachusetts, and lives in Oakland with his wife and son.

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    Kiran Prasad

    Head of Product

    Kiran is Nextdoor’s head of product. Prior to joining Nextdoor, Kiran was the vice president of product at LinkedIn, where he led strategy and product development for the LinkedIn Consumer experience and Premium businesses. Kiran was born in India and moved to Michigan as a child, and now resides in Northern California with his wife and two children. 

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    Jennie Sager

    Head of Nextdoor Australia

    Jennie Sager is known for creating and delivering global first campaigns for top tier companies. Throughout her career in both television and tech, Jennie has given a voice to diverse communities around the world, celebrating their stories and surfacing their challenges in an effort to build stronger and safer communities. Jennie has worked in more than 65 countries and has managed teams across Asia Pacific. She calls Sydney home along with her husband and their three young boys.

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    Antonio Silveira

    Head of Engineering

    Antonio oversees Nextdoor’s engineering team. He was most recently VP of Engineering at GoDaddy and held leadership positions at Yahoo. Antonio is from São Paulo, Brazil, and has led engineering teams in five continents. He currently lives in the Bay Area with his wife and two kids.

Board of Directors and Board Observers

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    Sarah Friar

    CEO at Nextdoor

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

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    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.

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    John Hope Bryant

    CEO, Operation HOPE Inc

    John Hope Bryant is the Founder, Chairman and CEO of Operation HOPE Inc. He is also the Chairman and CEO of Bryant Group Ventures and Founder and Principal of the Promise Homes Company.

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    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.

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    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 Genies, Plaid, and Square.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Andrea Wishom

    President, Skywalker Holdings LLC

    Andrea Wishom is the President of Skywalker Holdings. Prior to Skywalker Holdings, Andrea worked for Oprah Winfrey for over 15 years, most recently as an Executive Producer for The Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN). She is also on the boards of Pinterest and Tory Burch.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Marc Dunkelman

    Brown University

    Marc Dunkelman is a fellow in International and Public Affairs for the Watson Institute at Brown University. He is the author of the book, The Vanishing Neighbor: The Transformation of the American Community, with more than 12 years of experience working in government and policy.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Sylvia Rosabal

    U.S. Agency for Global Media

    Sylvia Rosabal is the Director of the Office of Cuba Broadcasting for the U.S. Agency for Global Media (USAGM). She has held senior positions with Telemundo and Univision spanning a 25 year career.

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    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.

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    Kevin Burke

    Formerly 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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Allison Lowrie

    Vacasa

    Allison Lowrie is the Chief Marketing Officer of Vacasa. Prior to Vacasa, Allison was the Chief Marketing Officer of Home Advisor. Allison sits on the board of the Home Improvement Research Institute (HIRI) and is Chairperson of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

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    Jonathan Mildenhall

    TwentyFirstCenturyBrand

    Jonathan is the Co-founder and Chair of TwentyFirstCenturyBrand. Prior to founding the TwentyFirstCenturyBrand, Jonathan led Marketing at The Coca-Cola Company and Airbnb. Jonathan is a charismatic public speaker who proudly advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.

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    Jennifer Masterson

    Southern California Edison

    Jennifer Masterson is a Social Media Advisor in Corporate Communication for Southern California Edison. Prior to joining SCE, she managed constituent services for a California State Senator. She has managed public relations in the public and private sector for over 15 years.

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    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.

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    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.

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    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.