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Glide Foundation Welcomes New Board Members

April 26, 2022

Denise Lamott
(415) 381-8793

San Francisco, CA – GLIDE Foundation (GLIDE), a nationally recognized center for social justice, is pleased to announce the recent appointments of Tracy Layney, Allison L. Magee, Mark Ryle, and Virginia Walker to its Board of Directors. The four new members will help GLIDE in the implementation of its bold, large-scale strategic plan to deliver solutions to complex problems addressing both the symptoms and root causes of poverty and homelessness and to help more people off the streets, stabilize their lives, and thrive for good.

“We are genuinely thrilled to welcome Tracy, Allison, Mark, and Virginia to our Board,” said GLIDE President & CEO Karen Hanrahan. “With executive backgrounds in business and social innovation, collectively, they bring diverse and strategic experience from the worlds of finance, philanthropy, human resources, and nonprofit leadership that will contribute to the dynamic impact of our Board. Their insights will help advance GLIDE’s next generation of life-changing programs and services and our commitment to making lasting change in San Francisco.”

Tracy Layney is Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Levi Strauss & Co. Tracy is responsible for LS&Co.’s people strategy on a global scale, including diversity, equity & inclusion, recruiting, employee engagement, talent management, compensation and benefits, HR technology and HR communications.  “GLIDE’s mission to create a radically inclusive, just and loving community mobilized to alleviate suffering and break the cycles of poverty and marginalization is deeply inspiring and critically urgent,” said Layney. “I am truly honored to be a part of this mission by joining GLIDE’s Board of Directors.”

Allison L. Magee has worked for more than 20 years to transform public systems to reflect the strengths of the community and to meet their needs. Allison is Executive Director of the Zellerbach Family Foundation, one of San Francisco’s oldest and most respected family foundations. ZFF promotes belonging, connection, and a shared sense of safety among people and communities across the Bay Area and California, with a focus on Alameda, Contra Costa, and San Francisco Counties.  “I am thrilled to serve on the GLIDE board of directors. GLIDE personifies the principles of radical love, joy, and dignity and I’m proud to be a small part of the critical work of this San Francisco institution, said Magee.”

Mark Ryle earned his undergraduate degree at the McCombs Business School at the University of Texas. Soon after that, he left his proud west Texas roots for a career in corporate finance, investment banking, and private equity. After 25 years of acquiring, building, consolidating, and dissolving, he was led back to the family business of helping the most vulnerable among us. He went on to complete a master’s degree in social work from the University of Chicago. With several years of direct clinical work with children and families under his belt, Mark chose to merge his two worlds of leadership in business and social work together with the goal of building sustainability for vital services in San Francisco. He brings extensive strategic nonprofit leadership experience to GLIDE, including six years as CEO of Project Open Hand and three years as CEO of the Saint Francis Foundation. Mark noted on his LinkedIn page that he was both “honored and excited” by his invitation to join GLIDE’s Board of Directors.

Virginia Walker is a repeat C-suite executive and board member with 35+ years of financial, operations, strategy development, sales and marketing experience driving revenue and large financings for international organizations – from startups to F500 companies – in Silicon Valley and beyond. She has held CFO, VP Finance & Administration, EVP Corporate Strategy & Marketing, and GM North America Operations roles for public and private companies in highly regulated domains, including telecommunications, software, hardware, and biopharmaceuticals.  “I am honored to have been selected to join the GLIDE board. My relationship with Glide goes back to my early years in college participating in volunteer work there along with my fellow Alpha Kappa Alpha pledges,” said Walker. “That experience left quite an impression on me in terms of seeing firsthand the difference that each individual can make to positively impact the lives of the disenfranchised.  I look forward to adding my skill sets to those of the distinguished members of the GLIDE Foundation Board of Directors to help ensure that the implementation of its bold, new strategic plan is successful.”

Layney, Magee, Ryle, and Walker join current Board members Kaye Foster (Chair), Senior Advisor, The Boston Consulting Group; Mary Glide (Vice Chair), Vice President Technology, Sequoia Capital; Michael L. Warren (Secretary/Treasurer), Managing Director, Institutional Sales at Allspring Global Investments; Ime Archibong, Head of New Product Experimentation, Facebook; Emily Cohen, Executive Vice President, United Contractors; Paula R. Collins, CEO, WDG Ventures, Inc. and President, Portfolio Real Estate Consulting; Cheryl L. Flick, Financial Advisor; Crickette Brown Glad, Giver; Dr. Erica Lawson, Associate Clinical Professor, University of California, San Francisco; Hydra Mendoza, VP, Chief of Strategic Relationships, Salesforce; Tara-Nicholle Nelson, Founder & CEO, SoulTour; Gil Simon, Managing Partner & Chief Investment Officer, SoMa Equity Partners; Malcolm Walter, Former COO of Bentley Systems; Ross Weiner, Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel, Explorer Acquisitions; Rev. Cecil Williams, Co-Founder, GLIDE; Lin-Hua Wu, Vice President of Global Communications & Public Affairs, Google; Phillip Zackler, General Counsel, VP of Operations.

About GLIDE:   

GLIDE is a nationally recognized center for social justice dedicated to fighting systemic injustices, creating pathways out of poverty and crisis, and transforming lives. GLIDE’s integrated comprehensive services, advocacy initiatives, and inclusive community empower individuals, families, and children to achieve stability and thrive. GLIDE is on the forefront of addressing some of the most pressing issues including poverty, housing and homelessness, and racial and social justice.    

For additional information, please visit GLIDE.org.

*NOTE TO REPORTERS/EDITORS:  GLIDE Foundation (GLIDE) is the correct name for the organization at 330 Ellis Street that organizes and provides the Daily Free Meals and other direct services and social justice programs. The church, historically called Glide Memorial Church, is a subsidiary of GLIDE. When referring to GLIDE social services and programs, please use the correct name, GLIDE Foundation, or simply GLIDE, rather than the historical name of the church.