We are a team of professionals dedicated to inclusive playground design and social change. Together we take on projects which advance our mission to bring the joy of play to everyone.

Work together, Play together

Olenka Villarreal

Olenka Villarreal
CEO and Founder

Jill Asher

Jill Asher
Executive Director and Co-Founder

Kris Loew

Kris Loew
Creative Director

Peter Jensen

Peter Jensen
Lead Designer and Landscape Architect

Maria Hassid

Maria Hassid
Director of Operations and Talent

Holly Wade PhD

Holly Wade PhD
Chairman of the Board

Joyce Reynolds-Sinclair PhD

Joyce Reynolds-Sinclair PhD
Board of Directors

Jay Gluckman

Jay Gluckman
Director of Education

Carlos Hernandez

Carlos Hernandez RLA, ASLA, LEED AP BD+C, SITES AP
Landscape Architecture Consultant

Colin Wilfrid

Colin Wilfrid
Kindness Ambassador, Playground Reporter

Jessica Zang

Jessica Zang
Kindness Ambassador, Magical Bridge Video Producer

Board of Directors

With Profound Gratitude and in Memoriam to Beloved Board Member

Vince Steckler

1958-2021

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Jill Asher

Board Director
Executive Director and Co-Founder, Magical Bridge Foundation

Leland Levy

Board Director
Senior VP-Investments at Wells Fargo Advisors

Intekhab Nazeer

Board Treasurer
CFO, WekaIO Inc.

Melissa Rick

Board Secretary
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati

Joyce Reynolds-Sinclair, Ph.D.

Board Chair Emeritus (2017-2020)
Managing Director, GEO Group Strategic Services, LLC

Amanda Steckler

Board Director
Philanthropist and Owner, Killiney Kopitiam and Table 7 Restaurants

Olenka Villarreal

Board Director
CEO and Founder, Magical Bridge Foundation

Holly Wade, Ph.D.

Board Chair (2021-2022)
Director Special Education Services, San Mateo Union High School District

Magical Bridge Advisory Council

Ian Bain Redwood City’s city council member from 2003-2020, including terms as Mayor and Vice Mayor. Respected as a leading voice for government transparency, a strong supporter of local businesses and a champion for the average citizen. He runs corporate communications for a global technology company

Jay Beckwith “Father of Modern Day Playground,” Former President, Kompan, Consultant, Boundless Playgrounds

Brandon Biggs Engineer, Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

Chad Bojorquez Chief Program Officer at Destination Home and passionate advocate of equity and diversity

Elaine Captain Director in the transactions group at Harrison Street, an investment management providing investment solutions focused on demographic, needs based assets

Anne Cohen Founder, Disability Health Access, Expert and Advocate for Disability Rights

Carrie Farber Senior Product Manager, Digital Accessibility & User-Generated Content, Walmart

Karl Garcia Part of original Palo Alto Magical Bridge leadership team and experienced network engineer

Xin Liu President of Enlight Foundation, advocate for improving education inequality and anchor donor for Magical Bridge Playground and Magical Bridge Foundation

Diana Olin Attorney, Box, Diversity and Inclusion Visionary

Peggy Pizzo M. Ed. Director of the Early Learning Project at the Stanford Graduate School of Education

Tyrone Starkie Adjunct Professor Wesleyan College and CEO of Community Heroes which supports community all-inclusiveness