President & CEO
Neda Eaton is a visionary leader with a passion for serving the community. As President and Chief Executive Officer of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF), one of the leading educational foundations in the nation, she is entrusted with ensuring that high-quality enrichment programs in critical areas such as the arts, music, sciences, health and wellness and math are sustained in public schools. In her role, she is responsible for guiding the strategic visioning and direction of the foundation, program and social enterprise development, day-to-day operations and implementation of various fundraising campaigns and initiatives.
Under Neda’s leadership, IPSF has achieved tremendous success by strategically uniting the business, parent and resident community to earn the reputation of the premier educational foundation in California. Since she joined the foundation, IPSF’s total annual amount raised has increased by 183%, raising over $6.5 million annually and an operating budget of over $8 million.
Neda’s career began soon after earning her Master’s degree in Psychology from Pepperdine University, graduating summa cum laude. It was during this time that she began to work in the social service area. From 1996-2000, Neda served as a senior manager in a comprehensive residential treatment facility for high-level acute clients at Olive Crest Homes and Services for Abuse Children. In 2000, she joined Boys Town USA where she moved up the ranks to run the California program and became Boys Town USA Senior Operations Officer managing an $8.9 million operating budget and serving at risk youth in both short term and long term residential treatment programs.
IPSF is relentless in fulfilling its vision of a world class education for every child and ensuring that public schools have the resources needed to nurture and grow the potential of its students. The organization is poised to continue to expand its funding for essential programs such as music instruction for every child, STEAM initiatives, robust after school and summer programs, grants to teachers for innovative teaching methods, and funding for athletic trainers and school nurses. IPSF serves as a resource to other communities and school districts in support of educational excellence.
Board Of Trustees
Our committed, talented, resourceful and knowledgeable board of trustees is the driving force behind the success for IPSF. Their leadership has enabled our organization to grow and succeed for the benefit of all Irvine students.
Cresa Global, Inc.
Beacon Pointe Advisors
Wells Fargo Bank
Founding Legacy Partner
University of California, Irvine
Geena Merrill Dougherty
Murphy & Evertz Attorneys at Law
OC Korean Cultural Center
Reproductive Fertility Center
Mostofi Law Group
SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
Chris Van Dusen
Kenya Beckmann, Hoag Hospital Foundation
Carol Choi, United Exchange Corp.
Steve Churm, FivePoint
Connie Colao, Community Leader
Bill Habermehl, Retired County Superintendent, OC Department of Education
Mike Hamel, Irvine Police Department
Anne Hultgren, PhD, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation
Dennis Kuhl, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
Jeff Larsen, HKS, Inc.
Karl Tokita, KSK Medical
Shareen Young, JCM Engineering Corporation
The IPSF Ambassador program includes parents, teachers, community leaders and business owners who are committed to excellence in Irvine schools. Ambassadors improve the relationship among IPSF, individual school sites and community organizations through ongoing communication and collaboration.Job Description
2019 – 2020 IPSF Ambassadors
|Gwen Aquino, Geena Dougherty
|Bonita Canyon||Ashley Shadrin|
|College Park||Linda Kau|
|Irvine High||Marcy Garrett|
|Jeffrey Trail||Mernie Empalmado|
|Meadow Park||Aimee Larson|
|Northwood Elm||Carrie Ohm|
|Northwood High||Madhavi Holay|
|Oak Creek||Tim Barzegar|
|Plaza Vista||Hardip Passananti|
|Portola HS||Phoebe Lo-Wang|
|Rancho MS||Lauren Luhrs|
|Santiago Hills||Lisa Kawaguchi-Hsia|
|Sierra Vista||Jane Wu|
|South Lake||Elisa Pak|
|Stone Creek||Lisa Ferrero|
|Turtle Rock||Duyen Nguyen|
|University HS||Laleh Redjaian|
|University Park||Amishi Williamson|
|Vista Verde||Grittiya Corrigan|
|Westpark||Peilin Chen Breller|
|Woodbridge HS||Elena Marukhlekno|
Join Our Team
We are seeking innovative, creative problem-solvers who are passionate about furthering educational excellence in public schools. We are looking for people from different career paths and backgrounds that thrive in a fast-paced and dynamic team environment. If you share in our mission and genuinely care about students, we encourage you to apply to IPSF.
Irvine Public Schools Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and makes employment decisions on the basis of merit. Company policy prohibits unlawful discrimination based on race, color, creed, gender (including pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions), religion, marital status, registered domestic partnership status, age, national origin or ancestry, physical or mental disability, medical condition including genetic characteristics, sexual orientation, or any other consideration made unlawful by federal, state, or local laws.
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