NATIONAL LEADERSHIP

 
“Everyone deserves the opportunity to experience team athletics and gain the confidence and skills that come from being part of a team”

“Everyone deserves the opportunity to experience team athletics and gain the confidence and skills that come from being part of a team”

“ I want my work to solve societal problems. I want to help scale Step Ahead to a national level because we need such positive social setting widespread.”

I want my work to solve societal problems. I want to help scale Step Ahead to a national level because we need such positive social setting widespread.”

“I was drawn to Step Ahead because it combines my passion for design with helping others.”

“I was drawn to Step Ahead because it combines my passion for design with helping others.”

Annie Marggraff

Founder & Executive Director

Annie Marggraff discovered an interest in running at age 10, when she realized she could outrun most of the boys in her PE class. Annie joined her local xc and track club and quickly fell in love with the sport, In 2015, Annie combined her love of running and determination to create athletic opportunities for all, with the assistance of college student-athletes nationwide, to create Step Ahead.

Nima Sherpa

Finance Manager

Nima is a controller at Lextec, a private semiconductor wholesale distributor. She has prior experience in NYC Deloitte audit and Silicon Valley start up internal audit. Nima was a high impact volunteer as a philanthropy fundraiser and coordinator to disseminate emergency supplies to remote Nepal villages after 2015 earthquake. She is a first year MBA student at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Grace Vannelli

PR/Design Manager

Grace grew up in the Bay Area and then went on to study advertising at the University of Oregon, earning her Bachelors degree in 2017. After completing a marketing internship in Silicon Valley and graduating from school, Grace moved to Australia for one year in order to work as a freelance graphic and web designer. She has since returned home from her travels abroad to the Bay Area.

 
 
“All children should have the opportunity to be active, to play a sport that strengthens their body, their mind, and helps them make new friends.”

“All children should have the opportunity to be active, to play a sport that strengthens their body, their mind, and helps them make new friends.”

“As a competitive runner myself, I know that our sport has the ability to teach key life skills such as confidence, teamwork, and perseverance.”

“As a competitive runner myself, I know that our sport has the ability to teach key life skills such as confidence, teamwork, and perseverance.”

 
 

Namrata Banerjee

Consultant

Namrata is a founder, product manager, venture fellow with an interdisciplinary background in business, humanities, science, and software engineering. She loves to solve problems and believes small steps can bring monumental shifts in societies.

Julia Green

Intern, Summer 2019

Julia is a Pacific Northwest native about to graduate from Santa Clara University this June with a B.A. in Communication and a B.S. in Ethnic Studies. She competed for the D1 cross country and track team all four years while at SCU and is truly obsessed with all things running.

 
 

ADVISORY COMMITTEE

 
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John Constantino, MD

Dr. Constantino received his B.A. from Cornell University in 1984, and attended Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, Missouri, graduating in 1988. Since then, he has become one of the nation’s leading autism researchers, authoring dozens of publications in the nation’s top medical journals.

In 2018, Dr. Constantino and Annie Marggraff (Step Ahead Founder & Executive Director) published a Letter to the Editor in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry about Step Ahead’s prototype chapter. You can read the paper, titled “Physical and Psychosocial Impact of a University-Based, Volunteer Student-Led Running Program for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder ”, here.

Steve Payne

Steve was a varsity swim athlete at Washington University in St. Louis, graduating with a degree in Engineering and Public Policy. He then earned his MBA at Harvard and headed West to work in Silicon Valley.  Steve has been a startup executive and a partner at venture capital firm Ignite Group and co-founded Architect Partners, a boutique tech M&A advisor. In his spare time, he bikes, sails and mentors a range of non-profit and for-profit startups.

Why Step Ahead? “I think Step Ahead is a great win-win - it provides a simple, proven, valuable benefit to children with autism (and their families), and it gives college athletes a fun, easy way to give back to their community.  I can think of few other programs that do as much good per dollar of funding.”

George Fechter

George Fechter has four-decades of successful experience as ideapreneur, intraprenuer and entrepreneur. He has been part of the founding of more than 10 service companies bringing a comprehensive managed process to under managed areas of the economy. George is an active board member, founder, and chairperson at multiple organizations around the country.

Why Step Ahead? “I am pleased to serve on the Step Ahead Board, which combines personal interest in subject matter based on autistic family members, interest in neurobiology and recognizing the benefits athletic participation, having run in 45 marathons over a 30 year period.”


JOIN THE TEAM!

 

College Student Summer Internships

Social Media/Marketing Summer Internship (1 position available)

Are you a Bay Area college student looking for a part time summer internship? Step Ahead is seeking enthusiastic and passionate interns to help develop and expand its national college-based programs. If you are passionate about social change and are curious about the world of social entrepreneurship, join Step Ahead! Submit your application on Handshake or email contact@stepaheadrunning.org for more information.

Board of Directors

More information coming soon…