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 Ask.com (fka Ask Jeeves), Safeway.com 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.