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.

Ali Abaye

 Ali Abaye

IUSD Parent

Jim Aralis


Mike Breller

Mike Breller

Beacon Pointe Advisors
IUSD Parent

*Treasurer/Finance Committee Chair

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

*Chair, Program Assessment Committee

Eric Hsiao

Eric Hsiao

BNY Mellon
IUSD Parent

Michael Jafar

Michael Jafar

IUSD Alumnus

diane kim

Diane Kim

OC Korean Cultural Center
IUSD Parent

*Chair, Resource Development Committee

Grace Lin

Grace Lin

Reproductive Fertility Center
IUSD Parent

*Chair, Community Relations Committee

Thad Martin

Thad Martin

Honeybaked Ham
IUSD Alumnus

*First Past Chair

Rich Masterson

Richard Masterson

Community Leader
IUSD Parent

*Vice Chair

Jafar Rashidian

Mohammad Rashidian

Schools First Federal Credit Union
IUSD Parent

Elizabeth Rho

Elizabeth Rho

Community Leader
IUSD Parent

Steve Rhorer

Konica Minolta

Luke Schell

Luke Schell

Merrill Lynch
IUSD Parent

*Board Chair

Damon Smith

Damon Smith

DCI Engineers

Karl Tokita

Karl Tokita

KSK Medical


Chris Van Dusen

Parcon Media

doug walker

Doug Walker

IUSD Parent

Shareen Young

Shareen Young

JCM Engineering Corporation
IUSD Parent

Advisory Council

Kenya Beckmann, Hoag Hospital Foundation

Carol Choi, United Exchange Corp.

Steve Churm, FivePoint

Connie Colao, Community Leader

Emile Haddad, FivePoint

Bill Habermehl, Retired County Superintendent, OC Department of Education

Mike Hamel, Irvine Police Department

Sean Joyce, City of Irvine

Dennis Kuhl, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Jeff Larsen, MV&E Architects

John Withers, Irvine Ranch Water District


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.

 2017 – 2018 IPSF Ambassadors

Beacon Park
Gwen Aquino
Yi Jin
Bonita Canyon Sarah Cohen
Brywood Angela Fong
Canyon View Grace Linker
College Park Agnes Hahn
Creekside HS OPEN
Culverdale OPEN
Cypress Village OPEN
Deerfield Anne Chang
Eastshore Carin Guertin
Greentree ChrisAnn Shane
Irvine High Susan Lyons
Jeffrey Trail Phoebe Lo-Wang
Lakeside Brigette Lindstrom
Meadow Park Elena Marukhlekno
Northwood Paula Greenberger
Northwood High Michael Hsueh
Oak Creek Jessica Jordan
Plaza Vista Cyndi Ruszat
Portola HS Christina Hatch
Portola Springs OPEN
Rancho MS Janet Rome
Santiago Hills Jane Wu
Sierra Vista Ing Tiong
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 Keri Fung
Woodbury Saranyan Chon

IPSF Ambassador Alert November 2017


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:

Executive Vice President

Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF), an education non-profit headquartered in Irvine, CA, has an immediate opening for an Executive Vice President to join our team. 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.

A key member of the IPSF senior management team, the Executive Vice President provides strategic direction and day-to-day management of IPSF’s programs and services with oversight of an $8 million annual operating budget. The Executive Vice President values networking and understands their role in building support for IPSF while growing and protecting the reputation of the organization as a leading educational foundation in the state.  The Executive Vice President supervises the Chief Development Officer, Chief Program Officer, and the Director of Marketing and Communications, and is accountable for building and developing high performing teams, managing corporate fundraising and major gifts development, coordinating functions for program expansion, and providing operational oversight to meet the organization’s strategic goals. Reporting directly to the President/CEO and working closely with the Board of Trustees, the Executive Vice President will be integral to making the foundation’s systems and programs strong and effective and guiding the organization’s future growth.

The Executive Vice President possesses a high level of broad business and management skills and is effective at generating resources and financial support for the organization.  Qualified candidates will possess a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 7 years related experience and a proven track record in fundraising and program management; Master’s Degree or MBA is highly preferred. Successful candidates will have the demonstrated ability to manage and mentor staff as well as significant experience in program budgeting and fiscal management. A proven track record of facilitating change management and operating as an effective tactical, strategic thinker are needed. Prior non-profit experience is highly desirable.

Typical hours would be Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with attendance at evening and weekend events required periodically. This is a full-time, exempt position with annual compensation commensurate with experience.

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

Finance Assistant - Part-time

Irvine Public Schools Foundation, an education non-profit headquartered in Irvine, CA, currently has an immediate opening for a Finance Assistant to join our team. 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 Finance Manager and is a part-time, non-exempt position.

Under the supervision of the Finance Manager, the Finance Assistant provides assistance on general finance matters and clerical support to the Finance Department. Duties include but are not limited to: making bank deposits, maintaining accurate deposit records, answering phones, responding to general emails, picking up and distributing mail as well as other office clerical duties as assigned.
Qualified candidates will have the demonstrated ability to work cooperatively within and across departments, manage multiple and competing deadlines and use critical thinking skills to problem-solve. Candidate must be a self-starter, extremely detail orientated and well organized with good written and oral communications skills. Strong computer skills in Microsoft Office tools, particularly Excel, Word and Outlook, are required and essential for this position. Passion for the mission of IPSF is critical. A high school diploma and a minimum of 2 years in relevant office experience are required.

Typical schedule would be Monday through Friday mid-morning to mid-afternoon with periodic attendance at evening and weekend events required. This is a part-time, non­exempt position with a pay rate starting at $15/hr.

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