Trellis welcomes Clay Virgil to its Executive Board!

Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela
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Clayton has had a very diverse career in both public and private sector. Prior to joining Adobe, Clayton spent the past 2 ½ years supporting the Global Marketing function for Visa, providing strategy, planning and finance leadership for the North America, Visa Checkout and Insights + Analytics teams.   Before Visa, he co-founded a startup called SeedTalent focused on matchmaking MBA talent with early-stage companies while also consulting for education non-profits on building out their finance, operations and management practices.  Before his venture into the entrepreneurial world, Clayton spent 3 years trying to transform the K-12 education landscape for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) as a selected member of the Broad Residency, a program that matches talented professionals with senior management roles in public education agencies throughout the nation. His time with CPS was “very insightful” and a far cry from his days in investment banking for Lehman Brothers and his early days in consumer marketing and strategic finance at Time Inc. for Sports Illustrated, People, Martha Stewart Living and Sunset.

Clayton received his Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and his Bachelors of Science in Economics at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania (“go Quakers”).  A native New Yorker with Trinidadian roots, he currently resides in Oakland with his wife and two firecracker daughters.  In his spare time, he enjoys basketball, hitting the gym, music and video games. If he was not at Adobe, Clayton would be trying to build urban communities through real estate and education or lobbying Steve Mills to join his management team to completely turn around the New York Knicks.