Jill Vialet


Jill Vialet is an accomplished social entrepreneur, author, senior advisor and public speaker. She is the co-founder of Oakland’s Museum of Children’s Art (www.mocha.org) and the founder of Playworks (https://www.playworks.org/), a national nonprofit committed to bringing out the best in students by leveraging the power of play. In 2016, Jill was a Fellow at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (better known as the d.school), and as a result co-founded Substantial (www.substantialclassrooms.org) to redesign the way that schools and districts recruit, train and support substitute teaching.  She is the author of the middle grade novel, Recess Rules and the nonfiction books Why Play Works: Big Ideas Start Small and Substantial Classrooms: Redesigning the Substitute Teaching Experience, which she co-authored with co-founder Amanda von Moos.

Jill is a frequent public speaker, having given talks at TEDMED, TEDxSanFrancisco, and TEDxABQ.  Jill has been a Lecturer at the Stanford’s d.school, and a Lecturer and Visiting Scholar at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. Jill’s website is www.jillvialet.com

Krutika Menon


With 10 years of global experience working in nonprofits, philanthropy and health systems, Krutika has worked with diverse groups across the globe to co-create sustainable and equitable solutions to complex social problems, particularly related to health, gender and reproductive justice, through research, advocacy, systems-level interventions and community engagement. Most recently, Krutika participated in CSSL’s Philanthropy Fellows program, providing her with direct experience around the benefits of participating in a social impact program. Krutika holds a Master of Science in Social Work, with a specialization in Social Policy and International Social Work from Columbia University, and a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Social Work from the National University of Singapore. Returning to the academic space is exciting and she is looking forward to connecting with students, faculty and community partners to continue effecting change.

Emma Baker


With six years of experience working with students and higher education centers, Emma provides expertise as a liaison networking across many community nonprofits and developing impactful initiatives. In her current role as Program Coordinator at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, she develops and manages CSSL’s programming logistics, events, operations, and outreach strategies. Most recently, she earned a Master’s in Social Work with a concentration in Organizational Leadership & Policy Practice from the University of Denver. Her diverse experiences include designing DEI programs, conducting policy research, and leading AmeriCorps teams in educational settings. Emma’s commitment to social impact and community engagement drives her strategic development and effective programming efforts.