Manny Barbara

Interim CEO and Vice President, Advocacy and Thought Leadership

A message from our CEO...

Dear SVEF Family, Donors, Partners, and Friends,

A couple of weeks ago you received a heartfelt letter from Muhammed Chaudhry announcing his resignation as CEO of the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). I know you join me in congratulating Muhammed on his 16 years of leadership and wish him the best in his new endeavors. Muhammed will remain as an advisor, and more importantly, a friend, to me in the coming months.

During this period of transition, I want to assure you that SVEF continues to thrive and be the leading advocate for public education. We remain committed to our vision to transform Silicon Valley into a model for enhancing public education. With a highly competent and dedicated staff, supported by an outstanding Board of Directors, we share in the excitement of continuing to support our partner districts for years to come, while bringing issues of educational importance to the greater community.

While some of you in the educational community may know me, others do not. As a result, I wanted to introduce myself to you. I joined SVEF in 2009 following my retirement from the Oak Grove School District, having served as superintendent for 10 years.  I joined SVEF as the Vice President of Advocacy and Thought Leadership (a title that still amuses me, perhaps as much as it might amuse you). In this role I helped shape our advocacy positions, especially for districts to adopt the UC/CSU A-G high school course requirements as the default pathway. Since the initial work with the East Side Union High School District, we worked with several other districts within and outside of Santa Clara County in adopting A-G as the default curriculum. I also helped developed our signature program, the Elevate [Math] summer and Elevate [Math] Plus accelerated program, preparing students for success in middle and high school mathematics. Most recently my priority has been the continued support of the East Side Alliance, a Network Improvement Community (NIC) initiative involving the East Side Union High School District and the seven elementary partner districts.

I share this with you to let you know of my deep roots with SVEF and emphasize my commitment to our organization, and its continued role as a leader in the education sphere. Our SVEF Team remains committed to serving the education community with its innovative programs. Elevate [Math] has already served over 11,000 students, provided professional development for over 650 teachers in almost 50 districts. A formal research study by WestEd established the effectiveness of Elevate [Math] in helping students achieve success in math. Our iHub initiative will continue to collaborate with districts, connecting education technology to the school and classroom. The 49ers STEM Leadership Institute in the Santa Clara Unified School District, in partnership with the 49ers Foundation and Chevron, continues to thrive and prepare future STEM innovators. Through our advocacy platform, we will continue to bring issues of importance to the education community, such as the College Readiness forum scheduled for October 17th.

Finally, we hope to see many of you at our annual Pioneers & Purpose dinner on Wednesday, November 8th where we will be honoring Steve Luczo, Chairman and CEO of Seagate. This dinner is always an amazing event where you will be able to learn more about SVEF and have an opportunity to connect with others who share our values in advancing the success of all students.

I look forward to our paths crossing soon.



Manny Barbara

Interim CEO and VP, Advocacy & Thought Leadership

Silicon Valley Education Foundation


For information on Pioneers & Purpose – click HERE.

For tickets to our College Readiness forum – click HERE.

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