Chief Marketing Officer
Nothing gives Renee more joy than to have clients like Surviving Skokie and LifeMoves succeed. When the documentary Surviving Skokie won the Mill Valley Film Festival Audience award, she was ecstatic for the director, Eli Adler and his Holocaust survivor father, Jack. The 2015-2016 festival darling earned coverage in the Chicago Tribune and on NPR and ABC-TV. When LifeMoves CEO Bruce Ives unveiled the homeless agency’s new brand, the employees connected deeply with the new identity and felt unified as a single team for the first time. A year’s worth of collaboration helped pave the way for new donors and increased fundraising.
At Graybird Foundation, Renee is responsible for guiding client marketing strategy, bringing together skilled teams, and mentoring clients as projects are transitioned in house. She draws from a background in high-tech branding, public relations and customer marketing, with previous management roles at Silicon Graphics, BEA and VMware, and consulting with numerous startups. Her evolution into the non-profit sector is her way to give back to Silicon Valley.
Renee holds a BA in Communications with a minor in Psychology from San Jose State University. She enjoys biking, skiing, country music and keeping up with her two energetic sons, who aspire to be American Ninja Warriors. See Renee’s full professional background on LinkedIn.
The travel adventure on my bucket list is
Sailing the South Pacific
Celebrity who would play me in a movie
A nerdy thing I love to do
Is recite Paul Revere’s Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I [ … ] everyday
Pray for my children and my sanity
As a kid I was always in trouble for
Talking too much in class
My favorite restaurant is
Sam’s Chowder House in Half Moon Bay
Favorite part of my job
Mentoring up-and-coming marketers