Moms Who Rock: Meet San Francisco’s Coolest Power Moms
San Francisco is home to the Golden Gate Bridge, foggy summers, amazing food and super savvy mamas rockin’ the business world. We decided that it’s about time to give major props to Bay Area moms who are kicking booty and taking names, whether it be on the techie front, the world of words, film, design and much more. Join us in throwing up the confetti in honor of these gals who are pushing the envelope and bringing brainstorms to life.
Current Yahoo! CEO and former Google executive is known for her super savvy business sense, not to mention her well documented high-style which has earned her a little time in the local and national fashion spotlight. Labeling herself as a “Wisconsinite” right behind being a “San Franciscan,” Mayer is mom to Macallister, a graduate of Stanford University and in 2012, Forbes listed her as number 14 on the list of America’s most powerful businesswomen. She offers up her power mom mojo to several Bay Area non-profits including the San Francisco Ballet and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
Founder, The Webby Awards
Raised in Mill Valley, this is one multi-tasking mama. A filmmaker, writer, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, Tiffany got major props from Newsweek when touted as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century.” Her films have won over 45 awards and recent film “Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology,” was selected to represent the U.S.A. at the 2012 American Film Showcase. She is also a sought-after public speaker and has lectured to groups including Harvard, NASA, Twitter, The Economist Big Ideas conferences, and several Fortune 500 companies. Somewhere in between she managed to give birth to and is now raising two kiddos with her hubby.
Writer, The Mommy Files
Amy Graff is the brain and the power mom behind the popular SF Chronicle column, The Mommy Files. She also flexes her writing muscles at BabyCenter, a top online go-to guide for pregnant moms and new parents. As an outspoken, (for good reason) believer in global health, Amy has traveled to Kenya and Ghana with group ONE to open the eyes of folks back home to the extreme poverty and preventable disease in Africa. Mother to Paris and Dante, her vast know-how has been quoted by media outlets ranging from Everyday with Rachel Ray toGood Morning America.
photo credit: Karen Walrond
Deputy Editor, San Francisco Magazine
San Francisco Magazine deputy editor Sarah Deseran is also the author of three cookbooks from Chronicle Books: Sake, Picnics, and Asian Vegetables. Her love and expertise of food and dining gained her notoriety as the longtime food guru at 7×7 magazine. She is also a co-owner, along with husband Joe Hargrave, of Tacolicious, a Mexican restaurant with two locations in San Francisco and one in Palo Alto. Foodie followers can check out her newest findings at Famished.
Morning Show Co-Host, Alice Radio
Originally from the Boston area, Alice Radio (97.3 FM) morning show co-host Sarah Clark made her way out west and has rockin’ the airwaves for over 20 years, half of which has been in the Bay Area. Her no-nonsense attitude has made her super popular with the ladies all over SF while earning her broadcast time a top spot in the Arbitron rating service. Sarah can be found living in and loving Mill Valley with her husband and two kids.
Former Chair, Golden Gate Mother’s Club + Current Board Member, Cow Hollow School
Darcy and Dorian’s mom had already been a volunteer for three years when she took the position as Chair of the Golden Gate Mother’s Club in 2010. She held the role for two years before turning over the reigns and is currently a board member of the Cow Hollow School. Prior to becoming a stay-at- home mom, Kathy was the Strategic Alliances and Mergers and Acquisitions Director for Microsoft’s mobile business.
Chief Technologist, Cool Mom Teach
One of the most successful techie moms of them all, Beth left her position as a Senior Manager at Deloitte in Family Management and began her climb to social media guru. What’s she about now? Well her personal blog is TechMamas.com and she’s tweeting away @TechMama discussing technology, social media and her obsession with consumer electronics. Just recently she put pen to paper, or rather, fingers to laptop, and now her mama-know-how-skills can be found in My Parent Plan, a new book which applies professional project planning concepts she learned to parenting. Mom to three fab boys, she is based in Silicon Valley.
Founder, Zuckerberg Media
Yup, she’s that Facebook guy’s older sister but even better, proud mommy to Asher. In 2011 she jumped started her own social media firm, Zuckerberg Media, after leaving her post as head of marketing for Facebook. Ranked among Hollywood Reporter’s Digital Power Players, she was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2011 for her innovative coverage of the 2010 midterm elections for her future forward blend of online and TV coverage. Her invite-only newsletter, Dot Complicated has been given the green light to jump into book form and will divulge her secrets to success including insight to her experience at Facebook, being a mother, a company owner, and possibly the most important question of all, how to balance it all.
Founder, Lesbian Dad
The founder and blogger behind Lesbian Dad is the proud parent to two kids. She started recording her journey because she hoped to share out loud the trials and tribs of parenthood and in particular, doing so in an LGBTG home. Her blog has been given major props, including Babble.com Top Twitter Moms and Dads and About.com Best Lesbian Blog. She frequently speaks at conferences, and was just seen rocking’ the recent Dad 2.0 Summit. Want more of what she’s got? Find her tweeting away at twitter.com/LesbianDad. Polly and fam can be found ruling the street of Berkeley.
An original eco-friendly mama, Suzanne is the founder of Sprout stores. Previously a top-notch Research Analyst in the Green Living Consumer Sector at ThinkEquity, Suzanne spent years studying organic consumer products and, scarily, the impact of toxic chemicals on our bodies. Needless to say, when it came time to start her own family, the desire to find green, clean products was an absolute must. Everything in the Sprout stores comes stamped with her seal of approval and the up-to-date info provided to customers is a go-to resource for parents hoping to create a healthy home environment. Mom to two little girls, Hannah and Amber, Suzanne lives in San Francisco.
Executive Director, BACT
A founding member and executive director of the Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT) is also an award-winning director the Youth Theatre Company of Walnut Creek and the founder of Contra Costa Civic Theatre’s Musical Juniors program. Never one to skip on the spotlight, Nina has been acting, dancing and singing her way across Bay Area stages ever since completing a degree in theatre from Northwestern University. Nina grew up in Berkeley and now lives in Orinda with her two kiddos and husband.
Director, Youth Education Program
As Director of Youth Education Program (YEP!) and an original founder of BACT, Rebecca has been putting 14 years of teaching and performing experience to fabulous use. Five of these years were spent as an educator and admin pro with Kaiser Permanente’s Educational Theatre Program. She was born, raised and still lives in Oakland with her family.
Chief Creative Officer & Co-Founder, Serena & Lily
As Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of design line Serena & Lily, Serena Dugan brings a fine artist’s eye to textiles, home accessories and decor. Celebrity and everyday mama’s alike have fallen in love with the fantastic prints, designs and materials available for not only kiddie rooms and nurseries but for an entire house. She and business partner Lily have also authored the book Nursery Style with Lily, bringing a pro’s eye to the everyday home. Before starting the company, she had her own line of products which were sold through interior designers and designer home boutiques. She and the fam call the hills of Sausalito home, where she reigns in style.
Best-Selling Author & Psychologist
The doctor is definitely in session! This Marin County mom to three thriving sons and practicing psychologist has been working with children for over 25 years. As the author of three books, including New York Times Bestseller The Price of Privilege, and co-founder of Challenge Success she has become a go-to pro for many parents with troubled teens.
Sandra Oh Lin & Yael Pasternak Valek
Kiwi Crate Founders
What could be cooler than getting inspiration delivered to your doorstep every month? Well that’s exactly what Kiwi Crate founders Sandra Oh Lin and Yael Pasternak Valek offer to families. The clever and creative projects designed to keep kids involved in hands-on play that encourages creativity and curiosity despite busy lifestyles. CEO Sandra has worked in product development for most of her career, most recently with PayPal and eBay. She’s the busy mom of two kids, a 4.5 year old girl and 2.5 year old boy and knows first hand the desire to keep little hands busy. Yael has one very curious little boy, who can usually be found with a paintbrush in hand and mind constantly in motion. After logging years at mommypreneur style companies like Maya’s Mom and BabyCenter, she’s now the driving force in keeping Kiwi Crate super simple and super kid friendly.
Co-Founder, One Kings Lane
This Power Mom is Co-Founder and Chief Partnership Officer of One Kings Lane, a super cool site bringing awesome duds for the home to moms everywhere. Inspiration found success when she converged her passion for online shopping and design to co-create the company. When she isn’t using her energy to bring more users to the sales she can be found helping out with new public sculpture, The Bay Lights, paddleboarding or spending tech-free time with her two little girls in San Francisco.
Emily Meyer and Leigh Rawdon
Founders, Tea Collection
These mamas bonded over a love of travel and Tea Collection was born. Emily designs for and Leigh manages this award winning collection of kiddie clothes with a global inspiration. Where else would one find a party dress or swimsuit with a funky African print? Emily spent some time in France after her time cutting it up at Parsons School of Design and Leigh who rocks an MBA from Harvard University, loves to take her little citizens on her trips abroad. Seeing the sights is so important to these gals, employees at Tea receive an annual international travel allowance. Emily is mom to future adventurers Clement and Georgia, while Leigh has already introduced her little kiddos to the traveling bug with a trip to Barcelona.
Ellen Park and Kayla Lee
Founders, Peekadoodle Kidsclub
A club where kids can be super creative, active and have tons of fun while mom watches from afar? Or even better, has the opportunity to enjoy a browse or an uninterrupted cup of coffee? Um…sign up sheet please? This is the reality of Peekadoodle Kidsclub founders Ellen and Kayla, who are not only longtime educators but mothers and childhood best friends. Their vision has created a one-stop shop for families in San Francisco. From burning off energy in the playspace to art classes and more, this club has everything for just about everyone. Both mamas hail from Seattle and cite their kids, Faith and Peyton, as the driving inspiration for Peekadoodle.
Creator, CAN DO KIDS
In 2004, Deborah looked and found lacking, cool stuff for young kiddos inspiring a focus on feeling good on the inside as well as the outside, a.k.a. self esteem! With her go-get-em’ attitude, she set out to take care of the problem herself and became proud author of I Can Do Anything! featuring a neighborhood of CAN DO KIDS. As many ideas tend to do, the seed was planted and grew and grew into a company and a culture, CAN DO KID, Inc. Deborah can be found scuba diving with her hubby, getting some instruction time on the piano or practicing her black belt level Tae Kwon Do with two out of three three kids in Mill Valley.
Author + Founder, TwitterMoms
After 15 years in the realm of public relations, Megan opted out of returning to the office and as a stay at home mom, wrote her first children’s book, Oscar the Pig: Mommy Goes Back to Work. With an eye on the ever changing technical scene, and before many mompreneurs found their way to social media, Megan created TwitterMoms, which evolved into SocialMoms.com, where around 34,000 power moms of all kinds kick some serious social networking booty, sharing ideas, products and news. She lives in Ross with her son Oscar, daughter Stella and husband.
Jennifer Siebel Newsom
Writer, Director, Producer and Founder, Girls Club Entertainment
Fluent in spanish and rockin’ both an undergrad and graduate degree from Stanford University, the former first lady of San Francisco is not just a pretty face seen in occasional Hollywood hits such as Something’s Gotta Give. As the writer, director and producer of MissRepresentation, this local gal has brought her ideas and experience with the inaccurate portrayals of women in the media, to the spotlight. She is also the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Girls Club Entertainment, LLC, a film production company established to develop independent films focused primarily on women that educate, activate, and transform culture. She lives in Ross with her two kids and husband, Lt Governor Gavin Newsom, the same cozy community in which she thrived as a kiddo.
Founder, Marin Mommies
What’s a Red Tricycle Power Moms list without the original Marin Mommy herself? In 2007, after deciding to stay home with her young kiddo, Pamela thought up, created and now shares juicy tid-bits every day on her blog, Marinmommies. It is her hope Marin Mommies will be a place for moms (and dads, too) to come together to learn, advise, discuss, and share tips and resources with other parents in Marin and the San Francisco Bay Area. When Pamela isn’t at home with her two kids and husband, she can be found hiking the hills of Novato, or visiting the Monarch butterfly sanctuary in Pacific Grove, one of her favorite road trippin’ destinations.
CEO, Revolution Foods
This is a gal on a mission to stop junk food from making it’s way into the mouths of kids across the country. As CEO of Revolution Foods, she’s managed to get super-duper healthy food into over 1,000 classrooms on a daily basis. She is no stranger to the importance of being hunger-free and healthy because prior to heading for the west coast, Kristin spent over two years rolling around the Nairobi countryside. New projects include a healthy vending machine line. In 2012 she was named one of the World Economic Forum’s Young Global Leaders.
The Bay Area is full of so many amazing women. Who else do you think deserves a spot on our list and why?