Areca Smit, Executive Director
PD Active is excited to introduce our first Executive Director, Areca Smit. PD Active is growing up and Areca is set to help.
Areca worked for almost six years in a range of management and operations positions at Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) moving up to a senior management role before departing in 2014. She took a three-year break between U.C. positions to serve as a Foreign Service Officer for the State Department. Three years ago while back at the law school, she had her daughter, Elia, and during that period she worked independently as an operations consultant. Now that Elia is starting preschool, Areca is ready to work with PD Active. She has an MBA in sustainable enterprise and a BFA in conceptual art. She studied music for many years and says she is “currently playing ukulele when time and child allow .”
She can be reached her at

Tuyet Cong-Ton-Nu, Administrator
TuyetBorn in Vietnam, educated in Europe and then in the U.S., Tuyet comes to us with a B.A. in Applied Economics from the University of San Francisco and years of working as a computer programmer for banking and financial institutions. She has also worked for many non-profit organizations as a webmaster, fundraising, and financial admin. Tuyet has also studied nutrition and culinary arts and is passionate about cooking. She devotes time to her meditation and spiritual practice to support living in the world with more ease and kindness.
She can be reached at