Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to enriching the educational experience of each child in every school. Founded in 1996 by concerned parents and community leaders, IPSF sponsors enrichment programs after school and during the summer,  and provides financial support to the school district to ensure educational excellence in Irvine schools. In addition, IPSF excels at uniting local corporate and community partners, parents and residents in raising funds to nurture student potential. Each year, IPSF provides millions of dollars in funding to Irvine Unified School District (IUSD) to support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) education, small-group learning, afterschool and summer programs, grants for classroom innovation, and support for mental-health initiatives, athletic trainers and school nurses.

Irvine Public Schools Foundation is a California non-profit, public benefit, corporation. It is a tax-exempt organization under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The federal tax ID number for the foundation (EIN) is 33-0733191. All donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.


The mission of the Irvine Public Schools Foundation 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.


IPSF believes that every student deserves an educational experience complete with access to music, art, and science programs, both during the school day and outside of the classroom. With community support and investment, together we can provide enrichment opportunities for our children that will help foster the next generation of thinkers, innovators, and creators.

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.

Arash Aminian, M.D.

Orthopedic Surgeon
IUSD Parent

Heidi Bramlet

Heidi Bramlet

IUSD Parent

Mike Breller

Mike Breller

Beacon Pointe
IUSD Parent

Po Chen

Anchor QEA
IUSD Parent

Mike Dennin

Michael Dennin

University of California, Irvine
IUSD Parent

Geena Merrill Dougherty

IUSD Parent

David Greenberg

David Greenberg

Griffin Capital Company
IUSD Parent

Matt Hoffman

IUSD Alumni and Parent

Eric Hsiao

Eric Hsiao

BNY Mellon
IUSD Parent


Shige Itoh

Rutan & Tucker
IUSD Parent

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Diane Kim

OC Korean Cultural Center
IUSD Parent

*Board Chair


Zhihai Li

Chinese American Mutual Association
IUSD Parent

Rich Masterson

Richard Masterson

Community Leader
IUSD Parent

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Dr. Simon Shung

Simply Orthodontics
IUSD Parent

James Speir2 (1)

James Speir

IUSD Parent

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Matt Weiss

IUSD Parent

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David Yoo

First American Trust
IUSD Parent

Advisory Council

Anne Hultgren, PhD | Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation

Dennis Kuhl | Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim

Kim Mikes, MBA, BSN, CNOR | Hoag Orthopedic Institute

Jim Rome | CBS Sports

Danni Remington Smithson | Bank of Southern California

Kent Schlichtemeier, EdD | Concordia University Irvine

Shareen Young | PRISM Aerospace, Inc.

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 complies with the CA Fair Chance Act.

Join Our Team

Current Positions



The successful candidate is an enthusiastic front-line fundraiser and relationship builder who enjoys cultivating and soliciting new external partnerships and serves as a key ambassador for IPSF’s mission within the greater community. As IPSF’s top development position, The Director of Development (DOD) is responsible for developing and implementing a comprehensive, strategic fundraising program to achieve the organization’s annual and long-term contributed revenue goals. Reporting to and in partnership with the Executive Vice President (EVP), the DOD serves as a member of IPSF’s Leadership Team and oversees all fundraising activities of the organization. In partnership with EVP and President & CEO, the DOD will leverage new opportunities and relationships to augment organization fundraising strategies. The Director of Development directs and supervises the work of the Development Associate and Development Coordinator.


Fundraising & Donor Relations:

  • Drive and lead fundraising solicitations with individuals, businesses, foundations, and community groups, with a focus on donor upgrades and new donor prospecting.
  • Serve as fundraising leader, sustaining current funding levels while actively expanding networks to identify new funding opportunities to be cultivated across a diverse mix of corporate, foundation, and individuals.
  • Evolve and implement a comprehensive, strategic fundraising plan with goals that include growing and diversifying the donor base and increasing individual (community and major gifts) and institutional (corporate and foundation) support.
  • In partnership with EVP and CEO, manage fundraising event and sponsorship strategies: Gala, Golf Tournament, and Poker Tournament.
  • Assist in the recruitment, training, and management of volunteers in support of fundraising strategies and events.
  • Establish and implement guidelines for third-party fundraising events.
  • Oversee fundraising annual appeals, working in collaboration with the Director of Marketing and Communications.
  • Actively represent IPSF in the community; identify opportunities for community networking attract top businesses and community leaders as prospective donors.

Strategy, Planning & Leadership:

  • Foster a culture of philanthropy organization-wide: execute all fundraising strategies, plans, events, and activities to meet fundraising goals in a cost-effective and time-efficient manner.
  • In partnership with EVP, advise on annual fundraising goals and manage progress reporting.

and projections to Leadership Team and Board of Trustees (BOT).

  • Develop and maintain donor-centric prospect development pipeline and moves management processes to leverage and coordinate team’s outreach efforts.
  • Plan and oversee the development of organization’s Strategic Plan fundraising objectives.
  • Prepare and present Development reports and materials to Leadership Team; attend other meetings as requested.
  • Provide leadership and supervision to the Development Associate and Development Coordinator, including training, mentoring, and evaluation.
  • Develop strong relationships with Leadership Team, Board of Trustees (BOT) and staff.
  • Work with the EVP and President & CEO to incorporate fundraising projections into the budget; manage the Development budget effectively.
  • Manage donor stewardship program including recognition, cultivation, and stewardship events.
  • Maintain accountability and ensure compliance with all regulations and laws, as well as the code of ethics for fundraising.
  • Work with Director of Programs and Director of Communications & Marketing to support cross-department projects, events, and activities.
  • Assist EVP with the planning and implementation of endowment growth plan and planned/deferred giving strategies.
  • Duties and responsibilities may be added, deleted, modified, or changed at any time at IPSF’s discretion. Changes may be made formally, informally either verbally or in writing.


  • A creative, high-energy person with integrity and dedication to the mission.
  • Comfortable and adept at building strong and sustained partnerships with diverse and influential community leaders.
  • A strategic and results-oriented self-starter with the ability to handle multiple tasks and deadlines.
  • Exhibit superior management skills with an ability to influence, motivate, and engage direct and indirect reports and peers.
  • Experience in management, budgeting, fundraising, strategic planning and board building with community and corporate leaders.
  • Able to consistently make good decisions through a combination of analysis, experience, and judgment; uses creative problem-solving skills including negotiation and conflict resolution.
  • Must have exceptional written, oral, interpersonal and presentation skills with the ability to communicate effectively with IPSF’s Board of Trustees, supporters, and staff.
  • Uses critical thinking skills to create documents and spreadsheets and interpret information furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.
  • Must be well-organized and can manage multiple, competing tasks and deadlines.
  • Computer and MS Office proficient; Raiser Edge, Greater Giving and Double the Donation experience a plus.
  • Demonstrated success and evidence of ability to plan and execute fundraising activities from start to finish.


  • Bachelor’s degree required; fundraising certification (CFRE) or advanced degree highly desired.
  • Five to seven years of progressive non-profit fundraising experience and a proven track record of obtaining support from diverse sources – corporations, foundations, and individuals.
  • Strong fiscal management competency required.
  • Proven track record of creating problem-solving and change management processes.
  • Leadership experience in managing professional and administrative staff and volunteers with diverse levels of expertise and backgrounds.


  • Sits for extended periods of time, in intense concentration, at a computer station or work desk. Stands and walks throughout the day.
  • Uses hands and fingers to operate computers and office equipment for up to 8 hours or more each day.
  • Requires clear vision at 20 inches or less with or without corrective lenses and vision sufficient to use equipment and drive a car safely.
  • Has hearing and speech within normal ranges and sufficient for clear communication face to face and on the telephone.
  • Lifts up to 10 pounds regularly and 25 pounds occasionally.
  • Exposed to typical office environment conditions and noise levels.
  • Work consists of heavy workloads, deadlines, and interaction with a wide variety of people on various issues.
  • Drive personal car on work errands and for other purposes; maintain driving record and personal car insurance in accordance with organization’s policies and state regulations and provides related records periodically.
  • Will include occasional weekend and evening work.
  • Meet all requirements for confidentiality and for management of program, finance, and personnel information including distribution controls, secure filing, and disposal.


This is a full-time, hybrid, exempt position with annual salary compensation ranging from $100,000 – $110,000 commensurate with experience. 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.

If you are interested in being considered for this position, please forward your cover letter and resume to sbrooks@oneoc.org. Any resumes sent, or telephone calls made to IPSF will be redirected to OneOC.

IPSF is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against otherwise qualified applicants based on 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.