The Parents’ Club of Palo Alto and Menlo Park (PAMP) is a diverse group of parents who have come together to form a volunteer-led, non-profit organization to offer community, resources, knowledge, and support on common interests.
PAMP is the largest parent organization on the Peninsula. Founded in 1991 by a small group of mothers, today our membership has grown to ~2,000 extending up and down the Peninsula, San Francisco Bay Area, and South Bay.
Our mission is to enrich the lives of families with young children, both within our club and our community. PAMP offers an array of services and programs to our members thanks to the dedication and hard work of our Leadership Team, about sixty volunteer members who coordinate programs and serve on the Board of Directors. Every year hundreds more volunteers are mobilized from within our membership and also through organizational partnerships to support our events, subgroups, playgroups and do all the other nitty-gritty work to make PAMP tick. In addition, we have a tiny team of part-time staff that keep our operations and key programs running smoothly.
Want to learn more about PAMP? Please read our annual reports:
Ann Wondolowski, Operations Manager (email@example.com)
Brittany Campbell, Events Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Jacqui Marchessini, Development Manager (email@example.com)
Willow Lune, Newsletter Managing Editor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Elizabeth Fashing, Membership Manager (email@example.com)
Kristin Mulderig, Programs Administrator (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kim Hix, Bookkeeper (email@example.com)
Board of Directors
Sarah Sobel, Co-President
I joined PAMP in 2011 when I moved to Menlo Park and I knew I needed to find other parents to connect with in the neighborhood. I’m a Bay Area native but the Peninsula was foreign to me, so I was thrilled to find the vibrant and active community that is PAMP and to make wonderful friends through the organization. In 2013 I stepped up my PAMP involvement and became the volunteer host for PAMP science classes at the Palo Alto Junior Museum and Zoo. I quickly found that volunteering for PAMP was a rewarding experience and I loved attending classes with my son. Prior to serving as the Co-President I served as the Director of Membership for PAMP, which taught me a lot about how PAMP works and what our members want a need from the organization. Outside of PAMP I’m the Head of Operations for PandaTree, a local startup that delivers online conversational language tutoring for children. I have two wonderful sons who love bike riding, grandparents and all things train related. I’ve benefited greatly from my experience with PAMP and I’m looking forward to further supporting our club and its members.
Maya Herstein, Co-President
I joined PAMP in 2012 after moving down to the Peninsula from San Francisco. With a one year old in tow, I quickly wanted to familiarize myself with activities and spots that could fill our days with fun and games. I found PAMP to be a tremendous resource for that and for parenting in general. Wishing to pay it forward, I joined the PAMP board in 2013 as VP Communications and my appreciation for this organization has grown even more. I continued on the Board last year as the Director of Outreach, and now I am excited to serve as Co-President this year. I live in Menlo Park with my husband and two lovely daughters. I have work experience in the field of brand marketing and hold a MBA as well as a law degree. I hope to help grow this fantastic group and continue to connect our members to the PAMP community.
Marissa Song, Secretary
I have been a member of PAMP since 2006 and served as the Director of Legal, PAMP last year, prior to taking on the role of Secretary this year. I live in Los Altos with my husband and three kids (age 8, 6 and 4). Now that my kids are older, I welcome the opportunity to give back to PAMP and the community. My oldest son was born with Down syndrome and this has really fueled my passion about giving and creating an accepting and open community. I am an active volunteer and member of the Silicon Valley Down Syndrome Network, an all volunteer non-profit organization. My professional experience and community involvement provide me a unique perspective that can help PAMP serve the community. I graduated from UC Berkeley and received my J.D. from USC. After working at a large firm in Los Angeles for 5 years, I joined Gilead Sciences, where I have worked as a corporate lawyer for the last 10 years.
Lisa Raghav, Treasurer
I joined PAMP in spring of 2013 right after I learned we were moving to Palo Alto from Seattle. I mostly used the forums to find referrals and recommendations for area resources to help get my family settled. Last year I became more involved with PAMP, joining the staff to as Membership and Volunteer Manager. Through that role I really had a fun opportunity to meet many members and really learn about (and help shape!) all that PAMP has to offer. Now that I have joined the board as Treasurer, I am looking forward to the opportunity to use my professional finance background and continue to help support and shape the future of PAMP.
Susmita Ramani, Board Director – Legal
I joined PAMP in 2012 after moving to Palo Alto from San Jose. At that time, my daughters were four and two years old, and PAMP was invaluable for getting connected with parenting resources and events. I am thrilled to join the PAMP board this year as Board Director, Legal. I live in Palo Alto with my husband, two daughters, and the rest of the family (a dog, two cats, and several fish and snails). I am active in Hand in Hand, a Palo Alto based parenting group, and in Shri Krupa Dance, my mother’s Cupertino based classical Indian dance school. I graduated from UC Berkeley with an undergraduate degree in English and a J.D. from UC Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. I am admitted in California and New York. I worked in New York City for over four years as a corporate transactional lawyer at a large firm and in-house as a Second Vice President at a Fortune 500 company. I look forward to contributing to this wonderful community in my new role.
Julia Swenson, Board Director – Membership
I’ve been a PAMP member since 2013 when my family relocated to the Peninsula from Southern California. With a 9 month old at the time, I knew I needed to join a parents club and was immediately attracted to PAMP’s community. Shortly after joining, I was asked to apply for the Treasurer position on the Board of Directors and quickly agreed. What better way to get introduced to motherhood in the Bay Area while serving such a worthy organization?! I was chosen and served as Treasurer from June 2014 to May 2015. This term, I decided to use my knowledge of the inner workings of PAMP, as well as almost a decade of non-profit experience, to serve in the Membership Chair role. I am excited for this new chapter in my PAMP career and I look forward to introducing PAMP to parents on the Peninsula and to fostering a meaningful experience for our members.
Jennifer Wang, Board Director – Engagement
Like many members, I joined PAMP soon after the birth of my first child, in 2009, new to this whole parenting thing. A critical project was to sort out childcare before I returned to work, and it was thanks to the PAMP forums that I was able to find a wonderful nanny. Since then I’ve discovered what a valuable resource PAMP is, for the advice of the online forums, classifieds, as well as the myriad of small and large events. I grew up out east in West Virginia, but have resided in the Bay Area since 1996. I currently live in Palo Alto with my husband and two young children. Professionally, I work full-time as Sr. Director, Customer Success and Professional Services at a Silicon Valley high-tech company. I am thrilled at the prospect of serving on the PAMP Board to help our members get the most value out of this amazing resource and organization.
Heather Gaillard, Board Director – Outreach
I joined PAMP in 2011 upon moving back to Palo Alto, after 5 years in Minneapolis. Returning with two children, I found my former home a bit of an unknown – what to do with kids, where to go, how to find a preschool, and many other questions. PAMP is a rich resource of information that quickly got me up to speed and helped me adjust to the move back and my new stage in life. I joined a playgroup early on, and have been an active participant in the PAMP Book Club.
I joined the PAMP board in 2015 as Board Director of Outreach as a way to give back to the PAMP community, and as a way to contribute my marketing and communications skills. I live in Palo Alto with my husband, daughter and son. I have work experience in the areas of strategy, marketing, and general business, and hold an MBA. I am looking forward to contributing further to this fabulous local parent community.
Alyson Gay – Board Director, Events