Tom Low Company: Playworks

Tom Low

Finalist for Non-Profit Organization

Tom Low is the Chief Financial Officer of Playworks Education Energized, where he created and now co-leads the Mission Support Team which includes accounting, finance, human resources, information technology, operations, legal, and real estate. From 2011 to 2015, Tom served as COO/CFO of Thrive Networks, an international non-governmental organization. Tom is a venture capital-backed start-up veteran. He was the founding chief financial officer of Restoration Hardware, where he and his team expanded the company from four stores to 100 stores with a direct mail and e-commerce business; the business grew to over $300 million in revenue and went public in 1998. He has also served as CFO for (fka Ask Jeeves), and Innotas. Tom graduated from the University of California, Davis with a B.S. degree in Renewable Natural Resources and holds an M.B.A. in finance from the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine, where he won the Arthur Andersen & Co. Entrepreneur of the Year award. Tom is a Portfolio Advisor for ICA Fund Good Jobs, a former Board Member and Treasurer of St. Paul’s Episcopal School in Oakland, and a founding Board Member of the Northern California Chapter of Ascend. He is a seasoned international traveler who has run operations across the USA and Canada, plus ten Asian and African countries. Tom is also a dedicated father and husband, raising three kids as global citizens.