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Robin M. Keefe

Robin M. Keefe
Chief Executive Officer, Executive Director: Spark in the Bay

Robin M. Keefe was the founder and President of BookEnds. Through her passionate and focused leadership, Robin developed a community of people to grow BookEnds as a distinguished Los Angeles leader in introducing children to philanthropy as they worked to fill the barren bookshelves in their neighborhood schools and youth organizations. More than one million children learned the power of community service through the donation of over three million books to create nearly 700 libraries throughout Los Angeles.

BookEnds’ programs were successfully transitioned into three nonprofit organizations in 2015 to drive scale and economy in support of the national initiative for sustainable nonprofit organizations.

Robin then assumed the position of Interim CEO for The Beauty Bus Foundation and then for Karma Rescue, tasked with reorganizing these emerging nonprofit organizations to position them for strength and scale in the delivery of their missions.

Robin’s early career was in the real estate development and finance field, including industrial brokerage, corporate site acquisition for a national bank and a national restaurant chain and commercial real estate development. But she found a growing passion for philanthropy and children as she served on numerous community boards of directors. Robin joined these passions in 1998 with the founding of BookEnds.

Robin continues to focus her passion on the development of our youth in community service.  She is an active participant and guest lecturer at UCLA’s Luskin School of Public Policy and Pepperdine University’s School of Business and Communication, engaging students in entrepreneurial nonprofit leadership. Robin has served on the boards of directors of 14 diverse nonprofit organizations.

Among her numerous honors is her most cherished:  “The Angel Award for Service” presented to Robin by Oprah Winfrey.

Robin graduated from California State University Northridge with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration, Finance and a minor in Art History.  Robin joined Spark in the Bay Area as Executive Director in 2018.


Bay Area Board Members

Executive Board
AJ Gandhi, Chief Growth Officer, Marin Equity Partners Alan Braverman, Founder & CEO, Textline Davina Drabkin, General Manager, Stanford University Graduate School of Business Garen Corbett, Executive Director, Health Policy Expert, University of California Jay Pettigrew, Regional Vice President, Cloud Marketing, Salesforce Jules Kaufman, EVP and General Counsel and Secretary, Gartner MR MacGill, Board Chair, Consumer Marketing Consultant, MRM Consulting Nan Guo, Vice President of Engineering, Zendesk Renee Mendez, Partner, Ernst & Young Susan Salop, Global Sales and Operations Executive
Advisory Board
Andrew Covarrubias, Associate Release Manager, Salesforce Anthony Overstreet, Product Specialist, Board Chair, Facebook Jessica De Leon, Senior Manager, HR Information Systems, Salesforce Karina Gonzalez, Client Success Manager, Facebook Michael Davis, Information Security Risk Manager, Wipfli LLP Nicole Bruno, Development Manager, Bring Change to Mind Nicole LeBlanc, Staff Content Designer, Wealthfront
Board of Directors
Garen Corbett, Executive Director, Health Policy Expert, University of California MR MacGill, Board Chair, Consumer Marketing Consultant, MRM Consulting Renee Mendez, Partner, Ernst & Young

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