Jill Vialet founded Playworks in 1996, in
two schools in Berkeley, California. Since then, Playworks has become
the leading national nonprofit leveraging the power of play to bring out
the best in every kid.
Playworks brings play and physical
activities to children across the country, and this year will reach
900,000 students through on-site coaches, professional training, and
consultative partnership, serving 1,800 schools and youth-serving
organizations. In 2009, Playworks was selected as a member of the
Clinton Global Initiative.
Prior to Playworks, Vialet founded the
Museum of Children’s Art in Oakland, California, and served as its
executive director for nine years. Prior to that, she served as the
director of Harvard’s Public Service Program.
Vialet’s honors include the James Irvine
Leadership Award, the Pahara Aspen Education Fellowship, and Radcliffe’s
Jane Rainie Opel Award for achievement by a young alumna. In 2011, she
was named by Forbes as one of the top 30 leading social
entrepreneurs and recognized by the Women’s Sports Foundation as one of
40 Women Leaders in honor of the anniversary of Title IX. During the
2015-16 school year, Vialet was an Education Fellow at Stanford’s Hasso
Plattner Institute of Design.