Movers and Shakers

Movers and Shakers on the Peninsula

Illustrations by Olivia Wise

High achievers on our radar this month, from Bay Area heavyweights to the next generation of power players

Robert Kelley

To kick off its 50th and final season, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley will celebrate its 2019 Regional Theatre Tony Award and honor founding Artistic Director Kelley, the man who was there from the beginning. Since the theater company’s inception in 1970, when Kelley was a fresh-faced Stanford grad, TheatreWorks proves that world-class performances and programs can thrive on the Peninsula — not just in its cultured cousin to the north, San Francisco. With Kelley steering the ship for the last five decades, TheatreWorks has featured 70 world premieres, 167 regional premieres and countless productions under its New Works initiative. He’s “deeply honored” by the recognition from the most important theater awards in the country. And speaking of the Tonys, the June 9 ceremony will be broadcast live from Radio City Music Hall on CBS. Congrats, Robert!

Kris Newby

In addition to being a science writer and communications manager for Stanford, Newby is a survivor. The Bay Area Lyme Foundation welcomes her as part of its Distinguished Speaker Series on June 5, when she’ll discuss her own experience with Lyme as told through her newly released book Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons. (Oh, did we mention she’s also senior producer of an award-winning documentary called Under Our Skin?) In Bitten, the advocate employs her narrative journalism chops and personal experience to investigate the mystery behind an all-too-common illness. Her speaking engagement at the Ladera Oaks Swim, Tennis and Fitness Club commences at 6 p.m. Continue raising awareness, Kris

Scott Kupor

As managing partner of Menlo Park’s venerable venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz, Kupor is a Silicon Valley institution all his own. And with his new read Secrets of Sand Hill Road: Venture Capital and How to Get It hitting shelves this month, he’s sure to spill some secrets to his success. On June 10 at 7 p.m., the Commonwealth Club invites the author to share his insights on navigating the Valley at Palo Alto’s Oshman Family JCC. “I’ve tried to demystify the VC business with [the] hope that it encourages more people to participate in the entrepreneurial system,” he says. Teach us your ways, Scott!

Samantha Oltman

The new editor of the popular tech news website Recode arrives from Buzzfeed, where she was deputy tech editor. Oltman previously worked for publications such as Wired and Mother Jones and seems a natural fit to bolster the “prized transparency in its journalism” that Recode says it will maintain through its new-ish partnership with “I’m psyched to join [Recode] at a pivotal moment,” tweeted the new EIC (@samoltman). “[Kara Swisher and Ezra Klein] are right when they say that understanding the tech world is essential for understanding anything else, whether it’s politics, business, or society. Can’t wait to get started.” Give ’em hell, Samantha!

Chris Wondolowski

With Major League Soccer rivals San Jose Earthquakes and the LA Galaxy going head to head on June 29, our eyes (and bets) are on star Quakes forward Wondolowski. Affectionately nicknamed “Wondo,” the Danville native has carved out a place for himself in the league since joining the team in 2005 and moving on to the Houston Dynamo the next year — fortunately, he returned to the Quakes a decade ago. In addition to chasing victory this month at Stanford Stadium, he’s flexing his humanitarian muscle as part of the Playing for Pride team — with every game he plays, Wondo will raise money for the LGBTQ advocacy group Athlete Ally. He’s proof that you can show no mercy on the field, but a lot of compassion off it.

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