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Who We Are 2018-04-10T05:38:45+00:00

OUR VISION

Our Vision is every public school in California has engaged students, effective teachers and leaders, enriching environments that allow every student to reach his or her full potential, and supportive communities that believe in the value and quality of public education.

The organization is anchored by a small professional staff, a highly engaged 11-member Board of Directors, a complement of highly skilled and effective consultants, strong partnerships with the California Department of Education (CDE) and other education coalition members, foundations and corporations, and a network of individuals, educational institutions, and nonprofits across the state who share our commitment to public education and California’s students.

Since CDE Foundation’s Inception:

  • CDE Foundation has raised over $6 million to support innovative programs at the California Department of Education (CDE) and across the state

  • Increased access to professional development in STEAM

  • Supported districts in implementing new state standards and developing collaborative relationships

  • Garnered resources to develop further recommendations for California on its new accountability system, teacher support, STEAM, and education technology

MEET OUR BOARD MEMBERS

David Rattray
David RattrayChair
David Rattray oversees the Education and Workforce Development department at the Chamber and UNITE-LA, the School-to-Career Partnership of Los Angeles.
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Jennifer Peck
Jennifer PeckVice Chair
Jennifer Peck is the Partnership for Children and Youth’s (PCY) first Executive Director.
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Peggy Agron
Peggy AgronSecretary
Peggy Agron is Kaiser Permanente’s National Director of Healthy Schools and serves as the Chair of the Advisory Group…
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Thomas Helfrick
Thomas HelfrickTreasurer
Tom is currently a Senior Accountant in the Finance department for the Sacramento Kings organization.Tom is primarily responsible for overseeing the accounting/finance operations for the Golden 1 Center.
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Blair Blackwell
Blair BlackwellBoard Member
Blair Blackwell is the Manager of Education and Corporate Programs at Chevron Corporation, a position she has held since December 2012
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Benito Delgado-Olson
Benito Delgado-OlsonBoard Member
Benito Delgado-Olson is the founder and Executive Director of K to College. A native of the East Bay and graduate of several East Bay public schools, Benito has a lifelong interest in the nonprofit sector and education.
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Nancy Kirshner-Rodriguez
Nancy Kirshner-RodriguezBoard Member
Nancy serves as Executive Director of the the CA Commission on the Status of Women and Girls, an independent state agency created in statute 52 years ago and charged with identifying and working to eliminate inequities impacting California’s 19.7 million women and girls.
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Ken Maxey
Ken MaxeyBoard Member
Ken Maxey works as a Public Affairs Manager for Comcast. In this role Ken coordinates with local government representatives throughout the Bay Area to advocate on behalf of progressive telecommunications policies at the state and local level.
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Susan Salcido
Susan SalcidoBoard Member
Susan Salcido, Ed.D. serves as the deputy superintendent for the County Education Office. In this capacity, she oversees all divisions and operations within the organization and provides leadership and support to districts throughout the county.
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Gerald Solomon
Gerald SolomonBoard Member
Gerald Solomon serves as the Executive Director for the Samueli Foundation overseeing Samueli Philanthropy.
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Paul Granillo
Paul GranilloBoard Member
A native of the Inland Empire, Paul was born and raised in Redlands. In 2010, Paul became President & CEO of Inland Empire Economic Partnership, and restructured the organization with a vision for bettering the quality of life and business climate of Riverside and San Bernardino counties.
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Education is the most powerful weapon which can be used to change the world.

Nelson Mandela

MEET OUR STAFF

Jessica Howard
Jessica Howard Director of STEAM Initiatives
Now serving as Program Director, Jessica joined CDE Foundation as an Education Pioneers fellow in June 2014. In this capacity, she helms the organization’s STEAM initiatives
Jessica@cdefoundation.org
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Ed Honowitz
Ed HonowitzSenior Director of California Labor Management Initiative
Ed joined CDE Foundation in October 2016. He comes to us with a background in education policy. Ed served as education policy adviser for State Senator Carol Liu, who chaired the California Senate Education Committee.
ed@cdefoundation.org
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Adam Ebrahim
Adam EbrahimDirector of CA Labor Management Initiative & Collaboration in Common
Adam Ebrahim is a former secondary English Language Arts, History, and Design Technology teacher from Fresno, California. He has also served as a Literacy Consultant for the Fresno County Office of Education.
Adam@cdefoundation.org
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Neetu Balram
Neetu BalramDirector of Communications
Neetu joined CDE Foundation as the Communications Manager in January 2015. She comes to us with a background in planning and executing outreach and communications campaigns
neetu@cdefoundation.org
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Shelly Masur
Shelly MasurCEO
Shelly Masur became the CEO of Californians Dedicated to Education Foundation in February 2014. She brings over twenty years of experience working with youth-serving non-profits and in education-related leadership roles to CDEF.
shelly@cdefoundation.org
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Wendy Dougherty
Wendy DoughertyCOO
Wendy joined the CDE Foundation as Senior Project Director for Family Engagement in the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Process in October 2016. She brings to the CDE Foundation significant experience managing and evaluating domestic and international PreK-12 education programs.
wendy@cdefoundation.org
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MEET OUR FUNDING PARTNERS

Thank you to all of our funders for your continued support and commitment to California’s students and future.

  • 49ers Foundation

  • Anaheim Ducks

  • Autodesk

  • Blackboard

  • Boeing Corporation

  • California Education Policy Fund

  • California State University

  • Chevron

  • Comcast

  • Council of Chief State School Officers

  • David & Lucile Packard Foundation

  • Dirk & Charlene Kabcenell Foundation

  • First 5 California

  • Google

  • Heising-Simons Foundation

  • Hewlett Foundation

  • HP

  • Northrup Grumman

  • Office Depot

  • S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation

  • Samueli Foundation

  • Sobrato Foundation

  • Stuart Foundation