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 designing educational software and is a strong believer in the power of technology for promoting the accessibility of knowledge. Currently, as program manager for IXL Learning, Rebecca develops interactive content for K-12 math and language arts. 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's 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.
Gabriela is a dedicated philanthropy professional committed to supporting institutions that contribute to a vibrant and distinctive Bay Area, now and in the future. Currently, working in Programs at the Koret Foundation Gabriela became exposed and very passionate about the work and impact of Glide. As a resident San Francisco’s Tenderloin neighborhood she thought it was both a personal and professional obligation to give back to the neighborhood she calls home. Gabriela is a social entrepreneur, energized and inspired by pioneers of social change. With a background in Political Campaign Management, Sales, Non Profit, Community Organizing, and a degree in Political Science from Santa Clara University, Gabriela is using all her skills, talents, and networks to push the needle of community empowerment and social justice forward.
Since moving to San Francisco in 2013, her leisure time is spent volunteering, exploring all San Francisco has to offer, dancing to live salsa music, traveling, and mentoring the next generation of leaders and change agents. 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.
A San Francisco resident for almost 10 years, Dani is thrilled to be on the Board of the Glide Legacy Committee. She brings over 12 years of strategic management, event marketing and program management experience. Nationally recognized for her work across the globe, Dani is an event marketing and planning specialist based in San Francisco. Proud to be giving back to the city she fell in love with, Dani is honored to be a part of Glide. She also sits on the Board of Directors of the International Special Events Society. Back to the top.
Casey Lary is Project Manager at the digital advertising agency AKQA, where her accounts include Nvidia, Anheuser Busch, and Audi. Prior to AKQA, Casey worked as a Recruiter for startups, and before that was an English teacher in Japan through the Japanese-government sponsored JET program. She is a graduate of U.C. Berkeley with a degree in Political Economy, and a proud Golden Bear.
This is Casey’s second year on the Glide Legacy Committee and is the lead of the marketing team. In addition to her work at Glide, Casey has participated in the AIDS LifeCycle SF to LA bike ride for AIDS awareness, was the Director of Nonprofit relations for the nonprofit Philanthro Productions, and road a rickshaw across India to raise funds for clean drinking water. In her spare time, Casey can be found exploring new places across the globe, training for her next endurance race, or trying to master the Barefoot Contessa’s entire recipe book. Back to the top.
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
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