OUR EXECUTIVE BOARD

Leads the effort to curate, produce and make final speaker selections.

Bob Ayres (TEDxMarin Licensee/Executive Producer), until 2007 sat on the prestigious Board of Advisors for the TED Conference and served for two years as the inaugural Executive Director of The TED PRIZE. Currently he is the CEO of Comedic Ventures, a comedy showcase and development company born out of his infamous 80’s Haight-Ashbury comedy club, The Other Cafe which he owned for 18 years. Bob was the founder and Executive Producer of The Next 20 years project and now runs its associated occasional private salon call TwoDegrees. More importantly, Bob leans, bats and throws left.

Tim Gnatek loves a good idea. As co-founder and Partner at the sustainability-focused communications agency Blue Practice, Tim leads marketing and public relations efforts for green companies and causes.As a journalist, he’s enjoyed covering technology, culture, science and sustainability for media like The New York Times, Wired, Frontline/World, NPR, the San Francisco Chronicle and The Technology Review. Tim spent the dotcom bubble as a PR flack for internet and consumer technology companies. He has also been a documentary film consultant and an editorial writer an for international humanitarian agency.

Deborah Masters is the founder of MasterSpeak, a company dedicated to helping Fortune 500 companies create influential leaders and high impact communicators.For more than 20 years she has coached thousands of business professionals on how to influence and inspire others to action and positive change. She is also a residential builder and developer and has brought more than 500 new homes to market.Formerly, she managed and consulted for top restaurants in the bay area.Her book, “The Magical Wisdom of Kids”, has spanned the globe bringing humor and wisdom to children and adults everywhere, including children’s hospitals and schools in third world countries. Deborah is an x triathlete who runs and bikes the beautiful hills of Marin County.