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Meet The Team

Meet the Founders

Tegan and Brian Acton first met while working at Yahoo! in the mid 90s. Tegan had graduated from UC Santa Barbara and moved north; Brian had done brief tours at Apple and Adobe after graduating from Stanford. In 2001, Tegan started working for the Sundance Institute, where she gained nonprofit experience and saw firsthand the power of storytelling. Meanwhile, Brian left Yahoo! after 12 years, taking some time off to recharge.

Their paths crossed again when they bumped into each other at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival and laughed about a “which Harry Potter character are you?” quiz they had taken — she got Hermione, he got Ron — and have been together ever since.

They moved back to the Bay Area in 2009. Brian began building WhatsApp with Jan Koum and Tegan worked at Stanford as the Director of Communications and Strategic Initiatives in the undergrad office​. The sale of WhatsApp to Facebook in 2014 allowed them to create Acton Family Giving along with its sister organizations, Sunlight Giving and Solidarity Giving. Tegan serves as the principal at these grantmaking entities while Brian serves as the Executive Chairman of the Signal Foundation.

The Team

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Emma Pompetti
Managing Director, Acton Family Giving
New mom, bike commuter, and lover of rescued chihuahuas. Prior experience includes nonprofit and tech operations at organizations including Sundance Institute and Apple.
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Stephanie Muscat
Program Associate, Acton Family Giving
Desert transplant, doodler, and unabashed generalist. Prior experience includes child cognition research, bridging science and art, and braving east coast snowstorms to study digital media.

Meet The Team