Board of Directors

Forging a path to a better way to work

Thomas Layton
Thomas Layton
Chairman

Thomas has a long history of successful internet business leadership, having served as CEO at both OpenTable and Metaweb (acquired by Google in 2010) and having co-founded CitySearch, Inc. He is currently a board member for Doxo Inc. and SwiftComply Inc. A Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute, Thomas holds an MBA from the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and a BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Hayden Brown
Hayden Brown
Board Member

As CEO of Upwork (UPWK), the world's largest work marketplace, Hayden is working with her team to transform work. Driven by the company’s mission to create economic opportunities so people have better lives, she became CEO after eight years at the company, four of which she led Upwork’s product, design and marketing teams. She’s passionate about the transformational impact Upwork has by breaking down outdated and unnecessary geographic barriers that too often constrain both organizations and talented individuals, keeping both from realizing and tapping into their full potential.

Prior to joining Upwork, Hayden was the head of corporate development at LivePerson and previously held strategy roles at Microsoft including Director of Corporate Strategy and M&A. She started her career in the strategy group at McKinsey & Company. Hayden is an online marketplace and product visionary, and a champion of building modern, diverse and inclusive workplaces where women and minorities thrive. A mother of two, she co-founded the Upwork Women’s Group and the annual Women’s Summit. Staffing Industry Analysts included her in both their 2019 “40 under 40” and “Global Power 150 – Women in Staffing” lists. Hayden holds an AB in Politics from Princeton University.

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Betsey Nelson
Betsey Nelson
Board Member

Betsey is an experienced public company CFO and board member with a passion for helping entrepreneurs scale their operations and build great companies. She currently serves on the boards of Berkeley Lights, Inc. and Virgin Group Acquisition Corp. II. She was also a former board member for Nokia, Zendesk, and Pandora Media, and helped Ancestry.com and SuccessFactors go public. Betsey spent ten years at Macromedia where she was responsible for leading the finance and ops teams as EVP and CFO, and began her career at Hewlett Packard. Betsey earned her MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania, and her BS, magna cum laude from Georgetown University.

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Greg Gretsch
Greg Gretsch
Jackson Square Ventures

Greg is a founding partner and managing director of Jackson Square Ventures. He was a serial 3X founder prior to becoming a professional investor. His most successful startup was Connectify, which was acquired by Kana, a leading customer support software company. He has been fortunate enough to lead early rounds in two companies that have reached the hallowed billion-dollar mark. His focus is on potential category-leading companies, including sales and marketing software, storage, and marketplaces.

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Kevin Harvey
Kevin Harvey
Benchmark Capital

Kevin is a seasoned entrepreneur with over 20 years of successful venture investing. After starting two successful software companies, Kevin co-founded Benchmark Capital in 1995. Since then he has invested in many startups in the software, infrastructure, mobile and consumer segments. Seven of these startups, such as RedHat and Proofpoint, have gone on to be publicly traded companies while dozens have reached successful M&A exits. Kevin’s interests span all aspects of mobile computing, the consumer Internet and computing infrastructure. He holds a BSEE degree from Rice University.

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Leela Srinivasan
Leela Srinivasan
Board Member

Leela joined the Upwork Board of Directors in July 2019. She has served as Chief Marketing Officer of SurveyMonkey since April 2018 and leads all marketing functions including brand strategy, growth marketing, product marketing, demand generation, and communications. Previously, she served as Chief Marketing Officer at Lever where she was responsible for all aspects of marketing. Prior to that, Leela served in marketing leadership roles at OpenTable and at LinkedIn within the Talent Solutions business, where she co-founded the Talent Connect conference. She also spent three years in management consulting at Bain & Company, and five years in sales. Leela earned her MBA in General Management from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth and her MA in History and English Literature from the University of Edinburgh in her native Scotland.

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Gary Steele
Gary Steele
Board Member

Gary Steele is CEO and chairman of the board for Proofpoint, Inc., a leading cybersecurity and compliance company, where he directs a global workforce of over 2,000 employees to protect people, data, and brands from advanced threats and compliance risks. He brings more than 30 years of technology industry experience to the Upwork board of directors. Prior to Proofpoint, Steele held the position of CEO of Portera and leadership roles with Sybase, Sun Microsystems, and Hewlett-Packard. He holds a BS degree in Computer Science from Washington State University.

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Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri
Anilu Vazquez-Ubarri
Board Member

Anilu is an expert and prominent voice on both human resources and diversity, equity, and inclusion issues. As a Partner and Chief Human Resources Officer of TPG, a leading global alternative asset firm, Anilu oversees the firm’s Human Resources function and provides support and counsel to executives across TPG’s portfolio of more than 200 companies. She is also a member of TPG’s Executive Committee. Prior to joining TPG in 2018, Anilu spent 11 years at the Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., serving in a variety of roles, most recently as Chief Diversity Officer and Global Head of Talent. Before Goldman Sachs, she was an associate in the executive compensation and employee benefits group at Shearman & Sterling LLP.

Anilu currently serves on the Boards of Teach for America-Bay Area, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Fordham University School of Law Alumni, and the Vera Institute of Justice. She has been named one of the Most Powerful Latinas in Business by Forbes Magazine and was listed as one of the Top 100 Most Influential Latinas in 2020 by Latino Leaders. The Association of Latino Professionals For America also recently recognized her as one of the best Corporate Culture Developers in their 2020 50 Most Powerful Latinas list. Anilu holds a JD from Fordham University School of Law, and an AB in History and Latin American Studies, cum laude from Princeton University.

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