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meet the team


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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.
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Little Stacey!

stacey angeles

grants manager

Mindfulness junkie, volunteer baby cuddler, and professional napper. Previous work includes grants and project management at Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health. Stacey manages all elements of the grants process and other foundation operations.
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Little Cheryl!

cheryl chang

program officer

Aspiring bee keeper, global-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.
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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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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.
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Little Carolyn!

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.
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Baby Linda

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 Healthcare Access.
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Baby Jess

Jess Sutton

Grants Manager

New mom, experimental baker, and fan of all types of puzzles. Prior experience includes administrative support and project management at The Charles Schwab Foundation and KIPP Bay Area Schools, and service as an AmeriCorps VISTA with HandsOn Bay Area. Jessica manages special projects.