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.

Mark Bennett

Cresa Global, Inc.
IUSD Parent

Mike Breller

Mike Breller

Beacon Pointe Advisors
IUSD Parent

Danny Chang

Danny Chang

Wells Fargo Bank
IUSD Parent

Kathy Colao

Kathy Colao

Founding Legacy Partner
IUSD Parent

Mike Dennin

Michael Dennin

University of California, Irvine
IUSD Parent


Geena Merrill Dougherty

IUSD Parent


Doug Evertz

Murphy & Evertz Attorneys at Law
IUSD Parent

Eric Hsiao

Eric Hsiao

BNY Mellon
IUSD Parent

Michael Jafar

Michael Jafar

IUSD Alumnus

diane kim

Diane Kim

OC Korean Cultural Center
IUSD Parent

Zhihai Li

Chinese American Mutual Association
IUSD Parent

Grace Lin

Grace Lin

Reproductive Fertility Center
IUSD Parent

Grace Linker

Greenberg Traurig
IUSD Parent

Rich Masterson

Richard Masterson

Community Leader
IUSD Parent

*Board Chair

Sherry Mostofi

Mostofi Law Group
IUSD Parent

Jafar Rashidian

Mohammad Rashidian

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
IUSD Parent

Luke Schell

Luke Schell

Merrill Lynch
IUSD Parent

doug walker

Doug Walker

IUSD Parent

Advisory Council

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


Ambassador Program

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

Beacon Park
Gwen Aquino, Geena Dougherty
Adrienne Roman
Bonita Canyon Ashley Shadrin
Brywood Catherine Mah
Cadence Park
Canyon View
Jim Leung
College Park Linda Kau
Creekside HS OPEN
Culverdale OPEN
Cypress Village OPEN
Deerfield Anne Chang
Eastshore Jamilah Nahas
Michelle Liu
Greentree Rebecca Hoffman
Irvine High Marcy Garrett
Jeffrey Trail Mernie Empalmado
Loma Ridge
Carolyn Kim
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
Portola Springs OPEN
Rancho MS Lauren Luhrs
Santiago Hills Lisa Kawaguchi-Hsia
Sierra Vista Jane Wu
South Lake Elisa Pak
Springbrook Matt Gordon
Stone Creek Lisa Ferrero
Stonegate Bhuvana Yerapotini
Turtle Rock Duyen Nguyen
University HS Laleh Redjaian
University Park Amishi Williamson
Venado OPEN
Vista Verde Grittiya Corrigan
Westpark Peilin Chen Breller
Woodbridge HS Elena Marukhlekno
Woodbury Patricia Villegas-Bonno

IPSF Ambassador Alert February 2020


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.

IPSF Summer is hiring!

Certificated Staff

We are currently hiring passionate and creative teachers to join our team for IPSF Summer. For more details and to apply: CLICK HERE

Classified Staff

We are currently hiring dedicated and talented classified staff (clerks and instructional assistants) to join our team for IPSF Summer. For more details and to apply: CLICK HERE