A team of adults who really understand
how little they understand.

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Valerie Grison-Alsop

Founder, Executive Director

Valerie Grison is an expert in how to engage teenagers. Following her passion, she decided to create Give Us The Floor. She is an experienced advertising and television executive, founder and CEO of StoraLab, specialized in creating experiences for teens and tweens. Its main project, TBQE The Best Question Ever, is a curiosity-driven social app for young people.
Previously to founding StoraLab, Valerie enjoyed a successful career in the advertising industry in Europe. She was the Founder and Executive Producer of Tipitina Films, a production company specializing in award-winning television commercials. Valerie produced international films for advertisers including L’Oréal, Chrysler, Volkswagen, Kraft Foods, and Samsung. She has also held finance and operational leadership roles. Her business success led to the acquisition of Others, a B2B advertising agency by Gyro, a global firm headquartered in London.

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Rob Joyce

Director of Strategic Partnerships

Rob believes that we have a historic opportunity to design new ways for people and organizations to make the world a better place. His career includes experience in business development, communication design, and project management that spans the private, nonprofit, and civic sectors. In 2015, he led the development of the Founders Pledge program for Full Circle Fund, where he created programing and resources for a community of startup founders that have pledged company equity to nonprofits. Recent experience also includes marketing and communications for HealthRIGHT 360 during multiple mergers and the launch of a $15MM capital campaign. His civic engagement includes continued volunteer service as the director of Please Touch Garden, an interim use project in San Francisco that has transformed a blighted Civic Center lot into a thriving arts garden.
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Lindsay Cox

Executive Assistant & Team Coordinator

Lindsay studied education in college, and eventually found a career in project and team management. She enjoys finding new ways to streamline processes, organizing events, and keeping everyone on the same page. She believes that today’s youth hold the key to our world’s future, and she is passionate about helping them tap into their creativity and enjoys helping them find new ways to have their voices be heard.
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Cynthia Boris

Social Media Manager

Cynthia is a former teacher with a BA in Education. She left teaching to raise a family while embarking on a career as a writer. She's know for both her pop culture books and her articles on social media marketing. She's worked on a variety of teen-oriented projects including an interactive writing and video site for Disney Interactive and a fashion game aimed at helping teens learn how to run their own small business. Cynthia also ran social media marketing campaigns for littleBits, TakePart.com and Harper Collins Teen Publishing.

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Sarah Knutson

Give Us The Floor School Club Advisor

Sarah has worked with Bay Area teens for over ten years, first as a young adult librarian and currently as a middle school teacher. Sarah has received a Napa County Teacher of the Year nomination every year since she began teaching. She has taught and developed curricula and assessments for grades six through eight and reviews young adult literature for School Library Journal. She is a New Tech Network Certified Teacher and a Google Certified Educator. Sarah holds a B.A. in English from UC Berkeley, an MLIS from San Jose State University, and a teaching credential from the UC Davis.

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Tom Solberg

Give Us The Floor School Club Advisor

Tom Solberg is an educator with nearly 20 years experience. Tom holds several degrees, certificates and credentials in the area of education and psychology. He has been recognized several times for his teaching and school administrator successes. He is currently in his second year at American Canyon High School where he is teaching Government, Economics and Psychology.
His focus is on the Social-Emotional understanding and needs of his students.Through project-based learning he has found the ability to weave activities that allow students to take responsibility for their own learning, particularly in their understanding of themselves and others through enhancing their ability to empathize.