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Little Brian!

brian acton

founder & co-chair

Ultimate frisbee player, former competitive speed cuber, and #1 Beatles fan. Executive chairman of Signal Foundation and co-founder of WhatsApp. Proud Stanford CS undergrad and engineering leader in Silicon Valley since the 90s. Previously worked at Adobe, Apple, and Yahoo. Brian is the Secretary and Treasurer of Sunlight Giving. 


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tegan acton

founder & co-chair

World traveler, trail hiker, and pinball fanatic. Previously served as the Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives at Stanford, and has worked at Yahoo and the Sundance Institute. Studied Political Science at UCSB (go Gauchos!) and grew up in sunny San Luis Obispo. Tegan is the President of Sunlight Giving.


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Little Cedric!

Cedrick Andrews

Program Officer

Breakfast aficionado, cycling enthusiast, and Sunday crossword puzzler. Social sector career involved stints working on economic security, education and youth development, and policy reform at organizations including Single Stop, Meritus, and the Institute for College Access & Success. Cedrick focuses on Family Support, Housing Stability, and Safe Spaces.


cedrick@sunlightgiving.org
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cheryl chang

program officer

Wannabe urban homesteader, local food explorer, and lover of giant trees. Previous work centered on nonprofit and philanthropic effectiveness at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and environmental policy and economic development at the United Nations. Cheryl focuses on Housing Stability and Family Support. 


cheryl@sunlightgiving.org
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Dixie

Nap coordinator and food recovery specialist

Couch warmer, occasional bike rider (in a backpack), and passionate about all things food-related. Dixie was found on the streets of Los Angeles and rescued by Muttville, a San Francisco-based organization that specializes in senior dogs. Dixie’s responsibilities include welcoming guests, begging for treats and affection, and finding various sunny spots for her naps.


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anna huynh

Senior Grants Manager

Krav maga student, globetrotter, and hot cheetos enthusiast. Prior experience includes operation management at Google and volunteering at South Bay First Thursday, a nonprofit that engages the community through public discussion on topics in diversity, equality, and education. Anna manages all elements of the grants process and other foundation operations.


anna@sunlightgiving.org
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Little Emma!

emma pompetti

Managing Director, Acton Family Giving

New mom, bike commuter, and lover of rescued chihuahuas. Prior experience includes nonprofit and tech operations at organizations including Sundance Institute and Apple. Emma manages Acton Family Giving.


emma@sunlightgiving.org
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carolyn wall sakata

managing director

Identical twin, avid reader, and amateur dog trainer. Nonprofit career has included work in direct services and public and private grantmaking for organizations including San Francisco’s Department of Children, Youth, and their Families and the Medina Foundation. Carolyn oversees Sunlight Giving’s operations.


carolyn@sunlightgiving.org
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Linda Shak

Program Officer

Bananagrams whiz, skier, and globetrotting adventurer. Previous work focused on childhood nutrition and health care coverage at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and advocating for healthier communities at Prevention Institute. Linda focuses on Food Security, Safe Spaces, and Health Care Access.


linda@sunlightgiving.org
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anitra smith

program officer

Jazz lover, outdoor enthusiast, and avid traveler. Anitra’s previous work focused on health care access and early childhood nutrition at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, and performance improvement and population health initiatives in community health centers and public hospitals. Anitra focuses on Health Care Access and Food Security.


anitra@sunlightgiving.org
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Jessenia Torres

Administrative Coordinator

Sociology major, Philz Coffee devotee, and tattoo lover. Prior experience includes administrative support at Silicon Valley Bank and volunteering with the Billy DeFrank LGBTQ+ Community Center in San Jose and Reading Partners. Jessenia provides administrative support and office management.


jessenia@sunlightgiving.org