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.

Jim Aralis


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

Community Leader
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

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

Steve Rhorer

Konica Minolta

Luke Schell

Luke Schell

Merrill Lynch
IUSD Parent

Damon Stone

Cox Business

Chris Van Dusen

Parcon Media

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


 2018 – 2019 IPSF Ambassadors

Beacon Park
Gwen Aquino
Andrea Norman
Bonita Canyon Olga Suttner
Brywood Kandie Schmere
Cadence Park
Canyon View
Grace Linker
College Park Nisrine Ibrahim
Creekside HS OPEN
Culverdale Michelle Buadoo
Cypress Village Jackie Hitomi
Deerfield Anne Chang
Carin Guertin
Greentree Rebecca Hoffman
Irvine High OPEN
Jeffrey Trail Mernie Empalmado
Lakeside Brigette Lindstrom
Meadow Park Elisa Pak
Northwood Paula Greenberger
Northwood High Michael Hsueh
Oak Creek Jessica Ba
Plaza Vista Hardip Passananti
Portola HS Christina Hatch
Portola Springs OPEN
Rancho MS Janet Rome
Santiago Hills Jane Wu
Sierra Vista Jyoti Hagavan
South Lake Omer Odabasoglu
Springbrook Matt Gordon
Stone Creek Zena Reichert
Stonegate Bhuvana Yerapotini
Turtle Rock Duyen Nguyen
University HS Laleh Redjaian
University Park OPEN
Venado OPEN
Vista Verde Grittiya Corrigan
Westpark Peilin Chen Breller
Woodbridge HS Marlene Batelaan
Woodbury Patricia Villegas-Bonno

IPSF Ambassador Alert April 2019


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.

Current Opportunities:

Certificated staff – Teachers

Thank you for your interest in employment with Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s Summer Enrichment Academy. We are always looking for engaging and talented new educators to join our team for the summer. Applicants from all districts are welcome!

For more details and to apply: CLICK HERE

Classified Staff - IPSF Summer

Thank you for your interest in employment with Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s Summer Enrichment Academy. We are currently hiring for classified positions (clerk, instructional assistant, and campus supervisor). For more details and to apply: CLICK HERE

Marketing & Communications Assistant

Irvine Public Schools Foundation, an education non-profit headquartered in Irvine, CA, currently has an immediate opening for a part-time Marketing and Communications Assistant to join our team for a temporary position from May 2019 – October 2019. Irvine Public Schools Foundation’s mission is to enrich the educational experience of each child in every school. We achieve this by providing programs, raising funds, and uniting the community in support of educational excellence. This position reports to the Director of Marketing and Communications.

The ideal candidate will be highly self-motivated, detail oriented and possess strong interpersonal skills. The position is responsible for coordinating and implementing marketing communication activities including print and electronic materials, social media, digital marketing, as well as for providing administrative support for the department.


Provides support to the Marketing and Communications Department and IPSF office by coordinating marketing and communications efforts including, but not limited to:

  • Scheduling and coordinating distribution of electronic communications, such as digital newsletter, blog, emails, etc.
  • Managing social media presence by posting content.
  • Periodic writing and editing content for IPSF email newsletters and website; proofing all print and electronic communications to ensure accuracy and consistency with message and brand guidelines.
  • Attending and providing assistance at IPSF and community events, as needed.


  • High school diploma required
  • Bachelor’s degree or some college coursework desirable
  • Preferred at least 1-2 years of similar or related work experience in marketing, communications, community relations, or non-profit organization.
  • Excellent verbal and written communications skills
  • Must be well-organized and have the ability to manage multiple and competing tasks and deadlines
  • Strong understanding of Microsoft Office tools including Word, Excel, Outlook. Basic knowledge PowerPoint Ability to use Adobe Creative Suite programs (Photoshop, InDesign) desirable
  • Knowledge of Constant Contact and WordPress, a plus.
  • Commitment to the IPSF mission

Typical schedule would be Monday through Friday mid-morning to mid-afternoon with periodic attendance at evening and weekend events required. Hours can be flexible, based on candidate. This is a part-time, temporary, non-exempt position with a pay rate starting at $15/hr.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please forward your resume to Kellie Pendergest at kpendergest@ipsf.net or 1 Post, Suite 250, Irvine, CA 92618.

IPSF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, age, sex, marital status, national origin, disability or handicap, or veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by law.