MEET OUR PRESIDENT AND CEO
Neda Eaton is a champion of social causes. Backed with an education in psychology, she has aided some of the most at-risk populations in the community during her nearly 20-year career in social services and nonprofit leadership.
Since joining Irvine Public Schools Foundation (IPSF) in 2009, Neda has emerged as a passionate advocate for ensuring access to quality public education for all children. As president and chief executive officer, Neda oversees an $8 million operating budget and directs development of programs and initiatives to enrich the educational experience of all 33,000 students in the Irvine Unified School District (IUSD).
Although it’s one of the fastest-growing school districts in America, IUSD also is one of the lowest-funded districts in the nation. As statewide K-12 public school education funding fluctuates, IPSF’s ability to fund critical programs and pay for classroom support grows in priority. Neda tackles this challenge by uniting local corporate and community partners, parents and residents in raising funds to nurture student potential. Today, IPSF stands as one of the leading educational foundations in the nation.
Earlier in her career, Neda led Boys Town California and rose up the ranks to serve as the senior operations officer for Boys Town USA, made famous by the 1938 movie of the same name starring Spencer Tracy. Neda’s lasting legacy with Boys Town is that she forged a partnership with Orange County Social Services in 2005 to create a treatment program for sibling sets of babies and young children up to 6 years in age. This program was the first-of-its-kind in the state and continues to serve as a model for treatment facilities across the nation.
Neda began her social services career as a senior manager at a comprehensive residential treatment facility serving high-level, acute clients of Olive Crest Homes and Services for Abuse Children.
In addition to her work in Orange County, Neda established an innovative $1 million shelter program in Compton, Calif. Through a partnership with Lennar Homes and HomeAid, the city provided intensive emergency services for troubled and homeless adolescent girls.
Neda holds a master’s degree in psychology from Pepperdine University, where she graduated summa cum laude, and a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Biola University. She also earned certification as a behavior analyst in 2008 from the Behavior Analyst Certification Board. Neda has amassed numerous honors for her contributions to social causes, including the Outstanding Supporter of Prevention Award from Irvine Prevention Coalition in 2013 and recognition as one of the 20 Women to Watch in 2010 by OC METRO. She resides in Irvine.
Sherry Slunka, Chief Financial Officer
Cheryl Braun, Chief Program Officer
Donald Suxho, Director of Business Development
Kellie Pendergest, Director of Marketing & Communications
Sara Trask, Program Manager (Instrument Rental)
Connie Cheung, Program Manager (Summer Enrichment Academy 9-12, STEAM Carnival, ITAP, PACE)