Vice President, Development
Maria Pappas is the Vice President of Development of The Tech Museum of Innovation, bringing with her over 22 years of nonprofit experience as Senior Business Development Director, Executive Director, and various other roles at the American Heart Association. She received degrees in Psychology and Sociology from UCLA, has received numerous awards, and is active in the local community as a volunteer. Maria is thrilled to be a part of The Tech and grateful to all the dedicated donors and volunteers that support our mission to inspire the innovator in everyone.
Co-Founder and Director of Sponsorships, The Tech Awards
Raising money for The Tech since 1989, Dick King has served in numerous positions over the years. He focuses his efforts on The Tech Awards, which he co-founded, and other corporate fundraising. Dick received his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Earlham College and served in the Peace Corps.
Corporate Relations Director
Linda Antonopoulos brings both nonprofit fundraising and corporate sales experience to her position at The Tech Museum of Innovation. She is a lifelong San Jose resident and has served as the Development Director at St. Christopher School and Executive Director at Archbishop Mitty High School. She is excited to partner with sponsors to provide funding for students to experience the thrill of Design Challenge Learning at The Tech. Linda is a dedicated volunteer at several nonprofits in the valley and has a BS in Business and an MBA from San Jose State University.
Individual Giving Director
Jessica Christie comes to The Tech from the Stanford Graduate School of Business where she spent over 4 years planning alumni events and fundraising. Prior to that she worked for the San Francisco Opera, organizing fundraising events to support opera education programs in schools. She received degrees in History and Music History from UCLA and is still active in the UCLA Bay Area alumni community. As a Redwood City native, Jessica is happy to be working for the museum that she visited as a kid.
Foundation Relations Director
Linda Tsai joins The Tech from the American Heart Association, where she successfully managed foundation giving for Northern California, as well as Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana. She has been bringing her kids to The Tech for more than 10 years. They think she works at the coolest place in the world. She has a Bachelor’s of Journalism and a BS in Business Administration from the University of Missouri-Columbia.
Cathy Jensen joined The Tech in September 2012. She has years of experience in nonprofit organizations, ranging from those with a national presence to a local community foundation in the Sierra Foothills. She has degrees in Communication Studies from UC Santa Barbara and Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco. She is happy to have joined The Tech family.