Leadership

Board Of Directors

Tony Hawk

Tony Hawk
Chair

His long history and success as a professional skateboarder helped Tony pursue a career with worldwide reach. In 1992 he founded the renowned Birdhouse Skateboards brand, which he still owns and operates today.

The most recognized action-sports figure in the world, Tony is also President of Tony Hawk Inc., a worldwide leader in action-sports video games, merchandising, events, endorsements, and film and digital media. He regularly appears on television and in films, hosts a weekly show on the Sirius XM satellite radio network, and frequently takes his talent on the road with the Birdhouse Skateboards team. Tony’s success and good fortune have inspired him to do what he can to help young people, so in 2002 he launched the Tony Hawk Foundation (which in 2020 became The Skatepark Project) to help achieve that goal.


Steve Hawk

Steve Hawk
Vice Chair

Steve Hawk was the founding Executive Director of the Tony Hawk Foundation, which became The Skatepark Project in 2020. He has been a journalist for more than 30 years and is the former editor of Surfer magazine and executive editor of Sierra magazine. Steve was also a staff writer on the HBO television series John From Cincinnati, and is currently editor of the Stanford Business magazine.

Steve Hawk serves as Chair of the Executive Committee.


Jim Thiebaud

Jim Thiebaud
Treasurer

Jim Thiebaud is a skateboarder—always has been, always will be. He spent several years as a pro, touring the world and skating everything he could, before co-founding and helping build San Francisco’s Deluxe Distribution, purveyors of some of skateboarding’s top brands. As the company’s President, Jim splits his time between work, his family in the East Bay, or doing what he’s always done ... skating. He’s been a driving force behind several goodwill and charitable causes, most recently Actions REALized, and he brings decades of experience and dedication to skateboarding to his role on The Skatepark Project Board Of Directors.

Jim Thiebaud is Chair of the Finance Committee.


Mimi Knoop

Mimi Knoop
Secretary

Mimi Knoop is one of the most respected female skateboarders in the world. Since first turning pro in 2003, she has claimed five X Games medals in women’s vert and has cinched titles at some of the world’s most prestigious bowl contests. Always pushing for progression, Mimi has been one of the most active women in skateboarding behind the scenes, as well.

As an advocate and entrepreneur, she has been dedicated to growing the sport for the girls of the next generation by co-founding The Alliance in 2005, Hoopla Skateboards in 2008, and Women’s Skateboard Alliance (WSA) in 2015. Mimi represents women’s skateboarding with passion and enthusiasm. She is a tremendous advocate and ambassador for young girls breaking into the skateboarding and action-sports scene, and brings this collective experience to her role on The Skatepark Project Board Of Directors.
(Portrait by Ricoy Photo)


Brent Eyestone

Brent Eyestone
Director

A skateboarder for over three decades, Brent Eyestone owns and operates Dark Operative, a music company established in 2018 to assist established artists in an evolved capacity. The company invests heavily in the upkeep of artists’ mental and physical health, places music in motion picture and television projects, and provides other vital services intended to sustain the longevity and wellbeing of careers in creativity.

In 1997, Brent started Magic Bullet Records in his college apartment, where he also served as President of Penn State’s late night, non-alcoholic weekend programming. He has toured and performed around the world with various bands and currently sings in the hardcore punk band Bleach Everything. When not serving The Skatepark Project, Brent also focuses on regional food-bank fundraising, clean-water well projects, and mental-health awareness. More often than not, you can catch him at Del Mar dog beach.

Brent Eyestone is a member of the Executive Committee.


Brandee Barker

Brandee Barker
Director

Brandee Barker was the first communications executive at Facebook, where she joined when the company had 100 employees and five-million college users. As Director of Global Communications and Public Policy, she helped to shape Facebook into a service that changed communication and connection for more than a billion people worldwide.

Brandee has spearheaded brand development and strategy with a variety of notable technology companies—AirBnB, Dropbox, Nextdoor, Spotify, Square and Uber among them—and has managed every aspect of communications, from launching innovative products, advising founders/CEOs on company narratives to tempering large-scale crisis. She was instrumental in launching Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead and is an advocate for women's leadership in business, both in action and example. Building on much learning from a 20-year career, Barker recently co-founded The Pramana Collective to provide counsel on all matters of executive, business, product and consumer communications strategy.


Anthony Bucci

Anthony Bucci
Director

Anthony Bucci is a software developer turned entrepreneur, and the founder and former CEO of RevZilla.com. After bootstrapping to over $100M in sales, RevZilla was acquired by Comoto Holdings to create the largest retail motorcycle apparel and accessories group in the world. Anthony left Comoto’s day-to-day operations in early 2017, but remains active on the board, advising and occasionally participating in RevZilla media. Currently, Anthony is angel investing, advising, and mentoring within the tech and startup communities. In addition to his work at The Skatepark Project, he also sits on the board of goPuff and on advisory boards for the National Retail Federation and Drexel University. Anthony’s early career was focused on technology, eCommerce, and digital marketing. He is also a lifelong lover of all things skateboarding, and these days spends most of his time riding mini ramps and sharing the joy of skating with his kids.


Tony Conrad

Tony Conrad
Director

A founder of about.me and Sphere, Tony is also a Partner at True Ventures, an investor in WordPress, MakeBot, Blue Bottle Coffee, FitBit, Slack, Typekit, High Fidelity, Lowercase Capital, Ne Timeas, Samovar, Saltwater and August, and an advisor to Noise Pop, an SF organization championing independent music and culture. Tony grew up in a small Indiana farming community, and has since lived in New York, New Delhi, Jakarta, Chicago, Paris, and San Francisco. Before venturing into high tech, Tony worked a range of jobs, including short stints as a baseball umpire, basketball camp counselor, pharmacy stock person, high-school sports reporter, book-bindery glue-machine operator, fraternity janitor, college newspaper ad salesman, and yogurt merchandiser, to name a few.


Pat Hawk

Pat Hawk
Director

Pat served as the COO of Tony Hawk, Inc. for over fifteen years, until her retirement from the organization in 2019. She has a unique background in entertainment, sports marketing, endorsements, licensing and management, and has played a crucial role in the growth of THI and its affiliates.

Pat Hawk is member of the Finance Committee.


Steve Larosiliere

Steve Larosiliere
Director

Steve Larosiliere is the President of STOKED, an award winning youth development program. Steve has been named Social Entrepreneur of the Year by the National Black MBA, Honored as a Hometown Hero, and given a Community Impact Award. His work has appeared in the New Yorker Magazine, ESPN, Huffington Post, Nylon Magazine, Fuel TV, Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, and Transworld Business.

Steve speaks worldwide on the subject of youth empowerment, social entrepreneurship, closing the opportunity gap, and action sports. Prior to STOKED, Steve began his career with an independent marketing firm that he cofounded.

Steve Larosiliere serves as Chair of the Governance Committee.


Dr. Jon Marashi

Dr. Jon Marashi
Director

Dr. Jon Marashi is a renowned industry leader and innovator for cosmetic dentistry. His loyal clientele includes an impressive roster of A-list actors, musicians, athletes, and Hollywood executives. Dr. Marashi has a uniquely high-tech, precise and artistic approach to cosmetic dentistry which has garnered the attention of top media including Vogue, GQ, and The Wall Street Journal. Dr. Marashi was on the founding team and helped launch the company ‘byte’, a disruptive oral healthcare brand, which was acquired by Dentsply Sirona in 2020 in a staggering 1-billion-dollar deal. Known as the skateboarding dentist, he has been a skater for four decades and proudly serves on the Board Of Directors for The Skatepark Project.


Sara Morishige

Sara Morishige
Director

Sara Morishige resides in San Francisco and is President of the Kodama Foundation. Sara is involved in the full range of the foundation's work, which has an emphasis on design literacy and thinking. She’s exploring the nexus of design thinking, public institutions, and our physical environment in relation to mental health and social justice.

With design thinking as a foundation, Sara has focused on a collaboration with SFUSD and IDEO to create a student-centered, financially stable system that engages kids in eating good food. The Future Dining Experience is an explorative effort which seeks to prepare the next generation to make sound eating choices in a dignified environment.

Sara is a native of San Jose, California, and graduated from the University of Colorado, Boulder in 2000 with a Bachelor of Art in Political Science.


Stephanie Murdock

Stephanie Murdock
Director

Stephanie Murdock, “Baltimore’s Best Hon,” is a skateboarder and skatepark advocate born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the founder and President of the Skatepark of Baltimore, Inc. (SOB), a volunteer based non-profit organization dedicated to the construction of public concrete skateparks in the City of Baltimore. She led the organization in bringing a world-class facility to Hampden’s Roosevelt Park and continues to work with Baltimore City Department of Recreation and Parks to bring additional skateparks to underserved communities.

Stephanie is on the Board of USA Skateboarding, the National Governing Body responsible for coordinating United States participation in the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo. In 2010 Murdock was awarded a fellowship with Open Society Institute’s Baltimore Community Fellows program where she created; “Skateboarding for Success,” an after-school, weekend and summer program for at-risk middle and high school students in Baltimore. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Towson University in Political Science and Communications and her master’s degree in Political Management at George Washington University in DC.


Joe O’Hara

Joe O’Hara
Director

Joe O’Hara is the President and General Counsel at LifeLine Financial Group, a multi-family office headquartered in Beverly Hills serving the business management and investment needs of professional athletes, entertainment industry talent and other high net worth individuals.

Prior to serving at LifeLine, Joe spent 17 years in private law practice advising companies, investors and celebrities on a wide variety of business, investment and endorsement transactions. Joe also serves as a General Partner for the LifeLine Family Heritage Fund, a co-investment venture fund formed to provide LifeLine clients access to in-demand tech and venture investment opportunities. Joe is a native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. In between degrees, Joe served as an infantry officer in the United States Marine Corps.

Joe O’Hara serves as Chair of the Advancement Committee.


Doug Palladini

Doug Palladini
Director

A veteran of the action sports industry with more than 25 years of leadership across marketing, sales and product, Doug Palladini served as the Global Brand President of Vans for nearly 20 years. In this role, Palladini oversaw the strategic direction of Vans’ more than $4 billion global business, while enabling the regional teams to develop and deliver local strategies to drive continued worldwide growth. Prior to stepping into his current role in 2016, he also served as the general manager of the Americas region and the vice president of global marketing. During his time at Vans, Palladini played an integral role in Vans’ transformation into a global icon of creative expression in youth culture, becoming the largest action sports footwear and apparel brand on the planet, available in more than 97 countries.


Oliver Percovich

Oliver Percovich
Director

Originally from Melbourne, Australia, Oliver Percovich grew up in Papua New Guinea, where he first skated in an empty pool at the age of six. Since that day, he’s travelled to over 50 countries with his skateboard. In 2007 Oliver moved to Afghanistan, where he founded the nonprofit organization Skateistan (www.skateistan.org), a grassroots “Sport for Development” project that began by teaching skateboarding to kids in the streets of Kabul.

Today, Skateistan is an award-winning international organization with skate schools for at-risk children in Afghanistan, Cambodia, and South Africa. Each week, skateboarding and educational classes at Skateistan’s five locations worldwide are attended by over 1,500 students, nearly 50 percent of whom are girls.

Oliver holds an honors degree in Environmental Chemistry and is excited to bring his diverse background and a decade of experience in youth development through skateboarding to The Skatepark Project Board Of Directors.


Mike Render

Mike Render
Director

Michael Render, aka Killer Mike, is a Grammy award winning rapper, businessman and activist. He is one half of the hip hop duo, Run The Jewels. The Atlanta based rapper made his debut on “Snappin’ and Trappin’” from OutKast’s 2000 LP Stankonia, and later appeared on the Grammy-award winning song “The Whole World,” from Outkast’s greatest hits album. He has since released five full-length albums as a solo artist and four albums with Run The Jewels. And in 2019 he became a TV show host and producer with his Netflix series “Trigger Warning with Killer Mike.”

An outspoken advocate, Mike is a social and political activist, focusing on subjects including the arts in education, decriminalization of marijuana, gentrification, police brutality and systemic racism. In 2018, Mike was named as a board member of Atlanta’s prestigious High Museum. He previously served on Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms transition team.

Of all his roles and responsibilities, Mike is most proud to be called “husband” to Shana, and “father” to two sons and two daughters.


Gianina Thompson

Gianina Thompson
Director

As sports and entertainment storytelling continues to evolve, Gianina embodies both sides of the coin— on paper and in front of the camera as a journalist/creative and behind the scenes as a publicist/comms professional. Her diverse experience within communications + editorial storytelling ranges from ESPN, Nike Inc, Netflix, sports teams and leagues, as well as InStyle, Glamour and Teen Vogue magazines.

She recently joined Netflix leading communications for their documentary and unscripted programming. Prior to that, she led the communications and publicity team for LeBron James’ Emmy award-winning Uninterrupted brand and SpringHill media company on shows/films like The Shop, Space Jam: A New Legacy, House Party, Redeem Team. At Nike Inc, she led communication strategies around Converse returning to basketball with athletes like Draymond Green and Natasha Cloud, skateboarding campaigns with Louie Lopez and Alexis Sabone (inclusive of narrative shaping around the sport joining the Olympic games), and product tied to entertainers like Tyler the Creator, Vince Staples and Miley Cyrus. At ESPN, she led publicity efforts for the NBA, MLB and Little League where she expanded press coverage from sports-centric outlets to more entertainment, style and cultural angles. This included when Jessica Mendoza made history as the first woman MLB analyst for Sunday Night Baseball.

As a journalist, Gianina has written for entertainment magazines and ESPN as well as reported for Galvanize where she also media trained NFL first-round Draft picks like Daniel Jones, Jerry Tillery and Josh Allen. She’s interviewed Viola Davis on what it means to be a Black woman on TV out of necessity, sports analyst Ros Gold-Onwude on breaking free from traditional anchorwoman hair with braids along with opinion pieces around Black woman surfers maintaining their hair and an “explicit guide” to being anti-racist.


Dr. Neftalie Williams

Dr. Neftalie Williams
Director

Dr. Neftalie Williams is a sociologist and USC Provost’s Post-Doctoral Scholar at the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism, who investigates global issues of race, diversity, identity, and youth empowerment, using the lens of action sports culture. His 'Beyond the Board' Study in partnership with USC and The Skatepark Project was featured in the New York Times and is the first national effort to study the impact skateboarding has on young people and their educational and career trajectories.

As the first ‘Ambassador of Skateboarding,’ and envoy for the US Department of State, he introduced the concept of skateboarding as a tool for cultural diplomacy in both theory and practice. He co-founded the College Skateboarding Educational Foundation (CSEF), a non-profit dedicated to creating scholarships for young skateboarders to pursue higher education, and serves on the Boards for The Skatepark Project (formerly Tony Hawk Foundation), Skateistan, McKinnon Center for Global Affairs, and chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee for USA Skateboarding.

Dr. Neftalie Williams serves as Chair of the Programs & Grants Committee.


Ed Wilson

Ed Wilson
Director

Ed Wilson fell in love with skateboarding at the age of 11 and, at age 14, he got his first of many sponsors. After graduating from Occidental College in LA, majoring in Cognitive Science with a minor in Sculpture, Ed worked for a build design architecture firm where he gained the skills to start his own eco-friendly focused real estate development firm. He then got his masters in Real Estate Development from Columbia University, and started actively supporting the Washington Heights skate scene. He then moved to Seattle and started Telo Skateboards, partnering with youth-oriented nonprofits to help raise awareness for the organizations as well as educate the youth on career paths and opportunities. In 2011, Ed moved back to the Bay Area to start a career in venture capital with Anthos Capital. In 2020, he started Impulsum Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on investing at the seed stage of healthcare, financial and consumer technology.

Ed loves spending time with his daughter Chloe and his wife, Jill and still skates twice a week. He also started “The Board Room,” a monthly meeting where professionals who skate share their career stories with skaters. He is also currently working on building a beginner and wheelchair-accessible skate park in his hometown of Venice.


Lenore Hawk Dale

Lenore Hawk Dale
Director Emerita

Lenore Hawk Dale spent fifteen years as a classroom teacher and another ten years as the Director of Bilingual Education for a school district in Southern California. In her years in education, she worked with families in several low-income school districts. For ten years, Lenore was the Director of the Tony Hawk Fan Club. She responded to requests from fans, parents, and teachers, and coordinated meetings for special-needs fans.


Staff

Benjamin Anderson Bashein

Chief Executive Officer

Benjamin joined The Skatepark Project in October 2020. In this role, he provides strategic vision and leadership while overseeing all operations for the organization, including: grantmaking, advocacy, education programs, communications, and fundraising.

A social impact executive with more than 20 years of experience, he has worked with community-based, national and international health, human rights, youth development and arts organizations. Benjamin served most recently as Vice President of CORE, Sean Penn's disaster relief and recovery organization, and he has worked closely with talent and influencers in the entertainment, fashion, art and sports communities in New York, Los Angeles, and across the country. Benjamin holds a BA in Communications from Emerson College.

Dr. Jon Derek Croteau

Chief of Staff & Secretary to the Board of Directors

Jon has been an executive in the nonprofit sector for nearly 25 years with expertise in strategy, administration, talent management, executive search and leadership advising, board governance and engagement, equity, diversity, inclusion, workplace culture, advancement and communications. His unique combination of experiences as a consultant, interim/transitional executive, chief of staff, author, teacher, and speaker in higher education, healthcare, academic medicine, arts, and advocacy organizations has made him a thoughtful and thought-provoking contributor to an array of institutions across the globe. Jon has authored many books and dozens of articles on nonprofit management, diversity, equity, inclusion, leadership, and talent management and his work has appeared in Diverse Issues of Higher Education, The Good Men Project, The Huffington Post, Inside Higher Education, and the International Journal of Education Advancement. He is a Fellow at the Institute for Inclusive Leadership. Jon earned his bachelor’s from Emerson College, his master’s from Northwestern University and his doctorate from Boston University.

Colin Cook

Executive Assistant to the Chief Executive Officer & Board of Directors

Colin Cook has been in love with skateboarding since he was 12 years old. Turning his passion into a career, Colin shared his talents in the skate industry for over a decade and contributed to multiple skatepark advocacy efforts in Southern California. Joining the foundation in 2016, Colin assists the rest of The Skatepark Project team on various projects and by working with key donors, supporters, and event-based fundraising.

Rachel Williams

Chief Advancement Officer

In June 2021, Rachel joined The Skatepark Project providing strategic oversight and execution of press relations, social media, and marketing to showcase the impact of the organization’s programmatic breadth of work. Additionally, she oversees the Ambassador Program from cultivation through activation.

Specializing in strategic communications, she is focused on the intersection of narrative-driven storytelling, marketing, events and partnerships, and how these elements drive development within the nonprofit sector. She has experience working across impact spaces such as disaster response, humanitarian aid, reproductive health, equity and access, and human rights. Rachel provides organizations and brands with media strategy, branding, talent and influencer engagement, event production and major donor cultivation. Most recently, Rachel led national and regional communications for a high-profile global crisis response organization focused on COVID-19 relief, natural disaster recovery, and crisis mitigation.

Alex Poole

Chief Financial Officer

As the Chief Financial Officer, Alex is responsible for the financial management and oversight of the daily operations of The Skatepark Project. She has spent the last two decades working with, and supporting, non-profit organizations in achieving their missions and sharing their financial stories.

Alex received her BA in Economics from the State University of New York at Albany and an MS in Accounting from the College of Saint Rose.

Trevor Staples

Director of Grants & Skatepark Development

Hailing from Ann Arbor, Michigan, Trevor Staples grew up skateboarding throughout the Midwest. With a lack of safe public skateboarding options in the area, he founded Friends of the Ann Arbor Skatepark in 2007 and recruited his friends and neighbors to advocate for a public skatepark. In 2014, the 30,000 square-foot Ann Arbor Skatepark opened at Veterans Memorial Park. Trevor’s work has offered him many opportunities to bring state, county, and local entities together to support public skateparks.

At TSP, Trevor is responsible for overseeing programs and grantmaking, including the Built To Play program in Michigan and New York in conjunction with the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Foundation. His work includes assisting in the development of additional regional grant programs, and management of TSP’s grantmaking process. Before joining TSP in 2018, Trevor taught fourth grade for twenty years.

Alec Beck

Associate Director of Advocacy & Public Engagement

Alec came to The Skatepark Project with a lifetime of competitive skateboarding under his belt, and a decade of advocacy work, during which he led efforts to create the Stoner Skate Plaza in Los Angeles and to legalize skateboarding at the infamous LA City Courthouse ledges. Alec ​​is often the public’s first point of contact with our organization, and is responsible for designing and implementing the provision of technical assistance, the promotion of social marketing materials, and the coordination of skatepark advocacy projects nationally, and acts as an ambassador and external relations expert on behalf of TSP. Alec is also involved in strategic park development and education materials.

Angela Rhodehamel

Associate Director of Marketing

As Associate Director of Marketing, Angela is responsible for managing the organization’s digital marketing and social media strategies, overseeing creative content, and developing campaigns and initiatives to raise awareness and critical funds for The Skatepark Project.
Before joining TSP, Angela worked as a Producer for 900 Films and YouTube’s RIDE Channel for over a decade, where she helped to create some of TSP’s most compelling PSAs and success stories. She brings her action sports production background and her passion for skateboarding and story-telling to the organization. Angela graduated from the University Of California San Diego with a B.A. in Communications and in her free time, she enjoys hiking, yoga, live music, and world travel.

Gwen Glover

Development Manager

As Development Manager, Gwen ensures donors feel informed and excited about all things TSP, overseeing donor communication, platform management, acknowledgment, and research.

As a fundraising professional with eight years of experience, Gwen has worked with mission-driven art, community-based, and political organizations. With a focus on financial projections and streamlined processes, Gwen has helped organizations meet their ambitious fundraising goals and strengthen philanthropic partnerships. Most recently as the Development Operations Manager at RepresentUs, a voting rights and anti-corruption nonprofit, she gained satisfaction from building operational infrastructure to support her team’s daily fundraising activities.

Mandy Mendez

Strategic Partnerships Manager

As Strategic Partnerships Manager, Mandy assists in developing fundraising plans, cultivating current donors, and identifying new prospects. She comes to The Skatepark Project with over nine years of development experience from The University of Texas at Austin, where she developed a strong background in donor and corporate relations, annual giving, event management, communications, and stewardship.

Mandy is a proud native of Texas’s Rio Grande Valley and holds a Bachelor of Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. Outside of work, she is an avid rock climber and a dedicated volunteer with local climbing nonprofits.

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April Jacobsen

Finance and Administration Coordinator

April comes to TSP with 15 years experience working with non-profit organizations. In her current role she partners closely with TSP's CFO to support the organization's programs and missions. Although April is not a skateboarder herself, her son is and she loves being able to support an organization that makes such a positive impact and representation of skate culture.

Alim Khan

Social Media Coordinator

As the Social Media Coordinator, Alim plays an integral role in managing and creating content across all of The Skatepark Project’s social media platforms. Prior to officially joining the team, Alim volunteered with TSP on various projects. His passion for the mission and work stems from his own experiences growing up without a safe place to skate.

Alim received his first skateboard at the age of 7 and has been skateboarding ever since. When he’s not skating, he enjoys designing and inventing new products. Alim founded Alimination Inc. in 2018, a brand that combines his passion for skateboarding, product and entrepreneurship, and will soon be launching an innovative skate tool. Alim, a native of San Diego, CA, earned his Bachelors of Science in Business Marketing from San Diego State University.

Andre Taylor

Grants & Skatepark Development Coordinator

Andre has been skateboarding since 2003 and has worked with several skatepark projects and non-profit organizations. Andre began working with The Skatepark Project as a volunteer hoping to give back to a culture that he loves. He now serves as the Programs Coordinator, supporting the TSP Grantmaking and Technical Assistance Programs.

Advisory Board

EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

It is a fundamental policy of The Skatepark Project not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, gender identity, handicap or disability, with respect to recruitment, hiring, training, promotion and other terms and conditions of employment.

It is the policy of the Organization to base decisions on employment solely upon an individual's qualifications relating to the requirements of the position for which the individual is being considered; recruit, hire, and promote the best qualified persons for all jobs without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, national origin, age, handicap or disability.