Board of Directors
Brooke Griffin (Board President) is the Associate Director of Human Rights Watch's Silicon Valley office, focusing on development and outreach within the Bay Area. Brooke was formerly Director of Administration and People at SFFILM, where they worked for five years managing the organization's internal operations. They support SCRAP’s Executive Director on all fundraising efforts as the Development Committee Chair, and often cite SCRAP as the reason they chose to live in the Bay Area. Brooke attended Harvard University and graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in Visual Studies and Computer Science.
Pat Swan is the Director of Client Relations for Mountain View Staging, an audio-visual production company. Swan has a long career in hospitality, including hotel management with Loews & Hyatt hotels, event planning at Visa USA, and managing a freestanding historical venue in Fort Mason. For the past three years, Swan has volunteered as the Director of Education for Green Meetings Industry Council Northern California Chapter, inspiring event industry professionals to take action and be part of the solution in saving our planet, and as the Production Chair for the annual gala of the Curry Senior Center, an organization in the Tenderloin that supports seniors with housing, medical care, food and classes. Swan was awarded the first-ever “Legend” award by the Bay Area Meeting Industry Excellence Awards, and recently the first ever “Sustainability Champion” award.
Merritt Richmond is an elementary school teacher with 30 years of experience in the field of education. She is a professional development designer and facilitator who helps to bring engaging, hands-on learning to schools throughout the Bay Area, and she was a founding team member of the Center for Childhood Creativity at the Bay Area Discovery Museum. Merritt has served on the Board of Directors of several nonprofits and schools in San Francisco, including 18 Reasons Community Cooking School and Juma Ventures. Merritt earned her BA in Art History and Elementary Teaching Credential from Duke University and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Mills College. She discovered SCRAP as a classroom teacher working at the Creative Arts Charter School in the 1990’s, and has returned to the Depot often as the mother of three burgeoning artists.
Many thanks to these former board member for their years of dedication and service:
Joan von Briesen