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 Abused 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

Heidi Bramlet

IUSD Parent

Mike Breller

Mike Breller

Beacon Pointe Advisors
IUSD Parent

*Board Chair

Po Chen

IUSD Parent

Mike Dennin

Michael Dennin

University of California, Irvine
IUSD Parent


Geena Merrill Dougherty

IUSD Parent

Eric Hsiao

Eric Hsiao

BNY Mellon
IUSD Parent

Shige Itoh

Rutan & Tucker
IUSD Parent

diane kim

Diane Kim

OC Korean Cultural Center
IUSD Parent

Zhihai Li

Chinese American Mutual Association
IUSD Parent

Eduardo Lopez-Soriano

UPS West Region
IUSD Parent

Rich Masterson

Richard Masterson

Community Leader
IUSD Parent

Sherry Mostofi

Mostofi Law Group
IUSD Parent

Jafar Rashidian

Mohammad Rashidian

SchoolsFirst Federal Credit Union
IUSD Parent

Advisory Council

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

Join Our Team

Current Positions


Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) currently has an immediate opening for a Development Coordinator to join our team. The successful candidate is a strong multitasker with a high attention to detail who works with the Director of Development to meet or exceed fundraising goals by supporting all aspects of IPSF’s fundraising activities and efforts. This person is responsible for a combination of database management and fundraising support with specific responsibilities in donor stewardship, prospect/grant research, logistics, and sponsorship fulfillment.


 Manages gifts and database administration processes.

  • Coordinates all development gifts administration: timely data and gift entry, quality content management, and all reporting functions in the donor database system (Raiser’s Edge NXT).
  • Processes all donations, ensuring funds are received by finance department.
  • Drafts and mails donor acknowledgment letters.

Coordinates and supports donor stewardship, prospect research, sponsorship fulfillment and targeted outreach efforts.

  • Performs research on donors and prospects and investigates the grant or sponsorship funding process for foundations and corporations.
  • Assists in the preparation of sponsorship packets and grant proposals along with tracking of sponsorship fulfilment and grant reporting.

Provides general administrative support of development department activities.

  • Supports the planning and execution of IPSF development activities including annual appeals, special events, and third-party fundraising activities.
  • Monitors and updates development-related content on IPSF website.
  • Must have knowledge of fundraising functions and donor or membership database management systems, Raiser’s Edge NXT a plus.
  • Must have the ability to work independently, prioritizing ongoing and new projects, to meet deadlines.
  • Must be well-organized and have the ability to manage multiple and competing tasks and deadlines.
  • Bachelor’s degree preferred.
  • Three years related experience in relevant data management required; experience with Raiser’s Edge NXT a plus.
  • At least three years’ experience in nonprofit development and community outreach highly desired.

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

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please forward your cover letter and resume to Erin McHenry at emchenry@ipsf.net.


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.