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KEEN San Francisco is a volunteer-run, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. KEEN San Francisco is led by an executive director and governed by a Board of Directors comprised of parents, volunteers, business people and community leaders. The board directs KEEN’s operations, charts its direction, spearheads fundraising events, and ensures that KEEN stays focused on its core mission. KEEN San Francisco is an LLC, and, together with its sister affiliates, falls under the umbrella of KEEN USA.


Executive Director

Melissa Rushefski is a wellness educator who specializes in working with young people with disabilities and their families. She believes that lasting health and well-being arise from a spirit of self-worth and belonging. Throughout her career Melissa has supported many courageous individuals to develop meaningful relationships with themselves and others within creative recreational frameworks.

Melissa holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Sociology with a minor in Human Rights from the University of Connecticut. She has built a career in the pursuit of equality and diversity and is committed to co-creating spaces where everyone is welcome.

Melissa has worked with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department through Adaptive and Therapeutic Recreation, leading programs for campers with disabilities and peers. She has also developed special education wellness curriculums for the San Francisco Unified School District and enacted important community outreach in underserved communities.

As the new Executive Director of KEEN San Francisco Melissa looks forward to cultivating fun and inclusive environments that will inspire athletes, volunteers, and families, thereby strengthening our Bay Area communities.

Melissa can often be found listening to live music, enjoying wild nature, and practicing yoga.


Board of Directors
John Hayato Branderhorst
  btrax, Inc
Eileen Quan
Trilogy Education Services
Eric Hankinson
Joey Soriano
  One Medical
Jason Kiss
Hena Haines
Stacy Menz
  Starfish Therapies
Jay Kloepfer
  Callan Associates
Carly Winger
  Eastdil Secured
Bonnie Lau
  Dentons US LLP


Advisory Council
Kyle Ballard Erika Gliebe
Robin Edwards Jennifer Massey   
Denise Santos Ford Scott Wiley

Associate Board
Chnthia Chen, Board President Caitlin Shanley
Lucilla De Sarlo Hudson Liao
Chris Coates Nikita Anand
Sweta Patel     Kelsey Conklin