About the Project
The Women’s Sports Safety Initiative is dedicated to advancing the lives of women and girls by raising awareness of sports-related injuries. The Initiative serves to strengthen efforts to protect female athletes from preventable injuries, particularly concussions, and to ensure that they can actively participate in organized sports without sacrificing their health and safety. The Initiative will inspire more gender-based concussion research at the federal level, create more women centered education and raise awareness about the health consequences of head injuries. The Initiative will educate families, schools, policy-makers and communities about concussion safety, and work with health care professionals to raise awareness about the health consequences of head injuries, about treatment and care.
The Women’s Sports Safety Initiative is a special project fund of Silicon Valley Community Foundation. Silicon Valley Community Foundation advances innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems. As the largest community foundation in the world, Silicon Valley Community Foundation engages donors and corporations from Silicon Valley, across the country and around the globe to make the region and world better for all. Their passion for helping people and organizations achieve their philanthropic dreams has created a global philanthropic enterprise committed to the belief that possibilities start here.
Mary Hayashi, Project Director
Mary Hayashi serves as the project director of the Women’s Sports Safety Initiative. As a national healthcare leader, non-profit director, and former California state assemblymember, Mary Hayashi has championed meaningful reforms for various healthcare issues, including concussion safety. In 2011, She authored AB 25, a concussion safety bill that established the toughest return-to-play laws for student athletes. Co-sponsored by the National Football League, AB 25 requires a school district to immediately remove an athlete from a school-sponsored athletic activity if he or she is suspected of sustaining a concussion or head injury. In 2012, she also authored AB 1451, which adds concussion training to the first-aid certification required of every high school coach.
Hayashi has worked in a number of capacities to help improve women’s and girls’ health. She served as a member of the California Board of Registered Nursing and as chair of the Planned Parenthood Golden Gate Political Action Committee. She was also a board member of the National Breast Cancer Coalition and Research!America, which successfully doubled the federal budget for the National Institutes of Health. She is a former board member of Girls Inc. of Alameda County, and served as the honorary chair for their “Strong, Smart and Bold” annual luncheon.
She has been honored by diverse organizations for her work on behalf of women’s health, from Redbook Magazine and Ladies’ Home Journal, to Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California and the American Red Cross. Hayashi earned a M.B.A. from Golden Gate University and a B.S. in Economics from the University of San Francisco.
Ross Warren, Policy Consultant
Ross Warren serves as a policy consultant for the Women’s Sports Safety Initiative. Warren brings 30 years of policy and public administration experience gained working for two Governors, four members of the California Legislature, and three independently elected administrative bodies in California government. This experience includes business taxation, health care, environmental protection, public contracting, energy and telecommunications infrastructure, information technology management, and public works.
Warren also worked within the executive branch of government as legislative liaison for various government bodies such as the State Board of Equalization, Integrated Waste Management Board, California Public Employees Retirement System, and Department of General Services. This broad background culminated in an appointment as the Legislative Director to the California Performance Review, which was established by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to perform a comprehensive review and reform of government programs and operations. Warren obtained a B.A. in Economics from the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Sharon Reis, Communications Consultant
Sharon Reis serves as a communications consultant for the Women’s Sports Safety Initiative. She is a 25-year veteran of the public relations industry who founded The Reis Group, a firm dedicated to representing top-tier progressive clients focused on health, healthcare, science, and social issues. Sharon’s award-winning campaigns are based on comprehensive research and driven by her expertise in generating tangible results through strategic messaging and media relations. Reis earned her M.A. from the University of Hartford and a B.A. from the University of Massachusetts-Amherst.
Lauren Musiol, Communications Consultant
Lauren Musiol serves as a communications consultant for the Women’s Sports Safety Initiative. Recognized as an Emerging Leader by the Washington Women in Public Relations and as Account Director of the Year by PR News, Musiol specializes in overseeing major public education campaigns that utilize her experience and proficiency in market research, messaging, materials development, event planning, and media outreach for The Reis Group. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Kathy Steinberg, Research Consultant
Kathy Steinberg is a research consultant for the Women’s Sports Safety Initiative. As a director of public release research and managing editor of The Harris Poll®, Steinberg has spent more than a decade specializing in the design and analysis of public opinion polls, and is responsible for high-level management and client service of research designed specifically for public release and thought leadership platforms. She earned a B.S. in Human Development from Cornell University and is based in New York City.