Meet the Team
Rebecca Sanchez Nagatani, Chair
A San Francisco transplant by way of Boston, Rebecca is thrilled to give back to her new city as a member of the GLIDE Legacy Committee. She brings over nine years experience developing educational software and is a strong believer in the power of technology for improving people's lives. Currently, as program manager for IXL Learning, Rebecca oversees development for IXL's English language arts and Spanish products. In her free time, Rebecca enjoys eating, hiking, skiing, performing as a violist, and of course, doing everything she can to engage the next generation of GLIDE supporters. Back to the top.
Amy Gardner, Vice-Chair
Amy graduated from UC Berkeley, where she was a member of the women’s water polo team, and received a BA in Economics and Psychology. She also received her MA in Sport Management from the University of San Francisco. Currently Amy is the Director of Corporate & Community Affairs for the San Francisco Bowl Game Association where she helps athletes and teams use sports as a vehicle to give back to the community. Prior to her work at the Bowl, Amy spent many years on the pool deck, working with Bay Area youth and trying to teach them not only the skills of her sport, but also the skills it would take to be positive young members of our society. This year she launched a campaign to raise funds to put the youth of GLIDE’s FYCC into swim lessons for the summer. She’s looking forward to watching the kids develop a comfort in the water that they may never have had otherwise.
A Bay Area native, she is honored to have the opportunity to give back to her wonderful community. She would like to give special thanks to her parents, Artyn & Max Gardner, who have taught her what it means to respect and care for others, and who instilled in her an unparalleled competitive drive. Back to the top.
Emily Cohen is a political advisor with a career built on service for others, trust, integrity and sincere relationship-building.
Emily is currently the Director of Government Relations for United Contractors, California’s largest union-affiliated contractors association which represents hundreds of heavy-civil engineering contractors throughout the state. Emily is the key advisor to the UCON’s CEO, and their Board of Directors – she is responsible for legislative, grass roots and political action strategies. In this regard she has emerged as one of the most influential next generation leaders in the industry. Before working for United Contractors Emily was a Jesse M. Unruh Fellow in the office of Assembly member Kevin de León, the current Pro-Tempore of California’s State Senate.
Emily has lived in San Francisco for 4 years. She walked in to GLIDE in January 2013 and has been an active member ever since. It is her love of the city itself combined with her passion for social consciousness and compassion that motivates her to give back through GLIDE and promote their mission to build a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization.
Emily is a Bay Area native, raised in Petaluma. She is an alumni of Chico State with a degree in Political Science and International Relations. Outside of Emily’s professional life and service with GLIDE, she is a passionate and active supporter of our communities animal rescue organizations including Muttville Senior Dog Rescue, an urban-hike enthusiast, and enjoys the food, art, music and cultural experiences that San Francisco has to offer. You may find Emily wandering around her Cow-Hollow neighborhood with her two rescue dogs, Sammy and Biscuit. Back to the top.
Brenton Gieser is a social entrepreneur working to bringing higher consciousness and a deeper sense of humanity to leadership in the business sector. He is currently the CEO of Connect Group Enterprises, a technology company bringing mobile charging to venues nationwide and is a founding member of Profoundly Human. He is also the Co-founder and Board Chair of the New York based non-profit, Be Social Change. Previously, Brenton served as the Director of Business Development at Change.org, the world's largest online platform for social change. Prior to his work at Change.org he was a Co-Founder of JoynIn and the CEO of ConvoSpark.
Outside work, you can either find Brenton exploring San Francisco with his wife Cat and dog Oreo, or on the mats training jiu jitsu at Romulo Melo BJJ. Back to the top.
Colson Griffith graduated from Santa Clara University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and has since transitioned to a career as a professional photographer focused on weddings and events in the San Francisco Bay area. He has been actively involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area acting as a big brother for the last three years, leading their Silicon Valley Young Professionals Committee as President for one year, and most recently holding a leadership position on their Junior Board Committee helping plan and organize four fund raising events in 2012/2013. Currently he is training for a marathon through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Team in Training and is stoked for all the snow falling in Tahoe! Back to the top.
Alissa Grier Kargbo
Although a recent transplant to the Bay Area, Alissa has called San Francisco home for many years. As the daughter of a San Franciscan native, she has a strong tie to the city and its communities. With an established background in marketing and non-profit management, she has previously harnessed her skills at Girl Scouts, the Junior League, and Bolder Options- a non-profit mentoring program that encourages youth to incorporating healthy eating and physical activity in their daily lives. She is excited to bring her passion for giving back to the Glide Legacy Committee and to the Glide community.
Alissa is a proud alumna of Howard University where she received her BBA in Marketing. She recently completed her MBA at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.
Ben Rosenfield, Staff Liaison
Ben Rosenfield is the Institutional Giving Manager at the GLIDE Foundation and proudly serves as the Staff Liaison to the Legacy Committee. A Philadelphia native, Ben moved to California in 2010 for the wine, working for three years in Napa at a wine marketing and sales firm. In 2013 he was introduced to GLIDE and was immediately transfixed by the organization’s work and mission. Ben is grateful every day for the opportunity to work at GLIDE, and to be involved with the Legacy Committee. Prior to moving out West, Ben received a B.A. in History from Cornell University, followed by a Masters in Management Studies from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. In his free time, Ben enjoys biking, hiking, singing and playing guitar. He also likes to volunteer at other nonprofits, most recently becoming involved with the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition. Back to the top.
Rebecca is a third-generation native Californian with a bicoastal spirit who is thrilled to be working with such an iconic Bay Area organization as GLIDE. After graduating with a film degree from Wesleyan University and spending a few years working in TV production in New York, she moved to the Bay Area where she currently works as an editor and content strategist at Google. As a board member of the neighborhood organization Nob Hill Coalition in addition to the Legacy Committee, she aspires to integrate the spirit of this city and its long history of social justice into her daily life. She can’t wait to introduce more people to GLIDE through the awesomeness that is Sunday Celebrations. Back to the top.
A native from Little Rock, Arkansas, Earnest is happy to be entrenched in his new west coast home through the impact of the Glide Legacy Committee. He has a strong financial services and operations background and currently works as a project manager at Bank of America’s Global Risk department. Earnest also brings 5 years of social enterprise experience as nonprofit founder, impact investor, and long-time mentor. He looks forward to utilizing his various experiences to enhance young professional engagement at Glide programming and initiatives. Earnest earned his BA in Economics and Political Science from Columbia University and his MBA the Kellogg School of Management. Back to the top
Laura Thompson currently works at Google[x], Google’s semi-secret research lab, bringing “moonshot” projects such as self-driving cars and cancer-detecting nanoparticles to market. Born in Chicago, Laura attended Brown University where she was a founder of the Social Innovation Initiative, an incubator for social entrepreneurs and changemakers on campus, and a co-founder of Runa, an Amazonian beverage company. She is an alumna of the Civic Education Project, a program that promotes civic action amongst young leaders, and recently created a scholarship fund for top students who would not otherwise have been able to attend. Laura is back in San Francisco after 3 years abroad working in London and traveling extensively throughout Europe and Africa. She is passionate about innovative models to increase social impact, and is excited to carry on her mother’s legacy of involvement with Glide and to bring her experience to a community she considers family. Back to the top
After spending her childhood in the Bay Area, Nicole moved to New England to pursue a BA in History at Dartmouth College and a JD at Harvard Law School. She returned home to San Francisco in 2008 to begin a career in commercial litigation at Latham & Watkins. Nicole has also participated in her firm’s pro bono program, helping clients with a wide variety of legal needs, including through GLIDE’s legal clinic. Nicole is excited about the opportunity to contribute to GLIDE’s restorative efforts in her community as a member of the Legacy Committee. She also enjoys attending San Francisco Giants games, playing mediocre golf and volleyball, singing, and learning to cook. Back to the top.
Originally from Minnesota, Mary chose the California sun by way of Santa Clara University and happily moved to San Francisco after graduating with a BA in Marketing. She started her career in digital advertising with a focus on retail and the Millennial audience. With a desire to create an impact through her work, she moved to the Gap Foundation team at Gap Inc. and is currently overseeing their global employee volunteer program. One of her favorite parts of the job is bringing employees together through volunteer events like the GLIDE Grocery Bag Giveaway, tutoring at Boys and Girls Clubs, and the Adopt A Family program around the holidays. For fun, Mary likes to try out new restaurants, explore the city, and travel back to Minnesota to see her family and friends. Back to the top.
Born and raised in San Jose, CA, Faham attended the University of Arizona, receiving his B.S. in Marketing and International Business while interning with various sports teams and agencies. Since graduation, he’s been employed by the San Francisco Giants and serves as the Senior Director of Special Events. Under his leadership and direction, the Giants Special Events program has been recognized as one of the leading Targeted Marketing programs in professional sports. His work has also been geared towards producing ethnic marketing platforms as well as fundraising initiatives between the team and several non-profits including Autism Speaks, the Milagro Foundation, the Rex Foundation and numerous Education Foundations. He serves on the Executive Committee for the San Francisco chapter of the Leukemia Lymphoma Society and their “Light The Night Walk” and also hosts fundraisers for individuals facing the financial challenges imposed by cancer treatment. Faham also sits on the board for the Manny Pacquiao Foundation, working towards the common goals of the development of sports facilities/opportunities for at-risk youth in disadvantaged communities in the Philippines. He has helped develop and finance the University of Arizona’s first sports marketing scholarships and was also a member of the Leadership San Francisco, class of 2013. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling the world, exercise, fitness and attending sporting events and concerts around the country. His passion for GLIDE and what the organization stands for is one of the many reasons he loves San Francisco and all that it stands for. Back to the top