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Board of Directors

Forging a path to a better way to work

Thomas Layton
Thomas Layton
Chairperson

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 She’s passionate about the transformational impact Upwork has by breaking down outdated and unnecessary geographic barriers that too often constrain both organizations and talented individuals, keeping both from realizing and tapping into their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
Board Member

Greg is a Founding Partner and Managing Director of Jackson Square Ventures, an early stage venture capital firm focused on long-term sustainable SaaS and marketplace businesses. With more than two decades of experience in venture capital, Greg focuses his investments on potentially category-leading companies in categories like SaaS, Sales & Marketing, Consumer, and Marketplaces. Some of his investments include Upwork (IPO - UPWK), Responsys (IPO - acquired by Oracle), Strava, Toutapp (acquired by Marketo), Equallogic (acquired by Dell), Cornershop (acquired by Uber), Jellyvision, Jackbox Games, Doxo, and Talking Blocks (acquired by HP). Before entering venture capital, Greg was a serial entrepreneur, founding three companies, including Connectify, which was acquired by Kana. He lives in San Francisco with his wife and four sons.

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Kevin Harvey
Kevin Harvey
Board Member

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 is Chief Marketing Officer of Checkout.com, a leading global online payments platform. Previously, she served as Chief Marketing Officer at Momentive (formerly SurveyMonkey) where she helped steer the company through an IPO and corporate rebrand. Prior to that, Leela served as CMO at recruiting software firm Lever. She also held various marketing leadership roles at OpenTable and at LinkedIn within the Talent Solutions business, where she co-founded the Talent Connect conference. She previously worked in management consulting at Bain & Company, and began her career 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 of Splunk Inc., the data platform leader for security and observability, where he directs a global workforce of approximately 7,500 employees to empower observability, IT, and security teams to ensure their organizations are secure, resilient, and innovative. He brings more than 30 years of technology industry experience to the Upwork board of directors. Prior to Splunk, Steele held the position of CEO of Proofpoint Inc., a leading cybersecurity and compliance company and prior to that, he 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. She currently serves on the board of TPG Inc., a leading global alternative asset firm. Ms. Vazquez-Ubarri also serves on the board of Greenhouse Software, an industry leader hiring software company. Also, as a Partner and Chief Human Resources Officer of TPG, 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, Charter School Growth Fund, 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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