August 16, 2019 – Silicon Valley Education Foundation

Please join us in welcoming Denise Williams as our new Chief Programs Officer. Denise is recently retired from the Evergreen School District, and brings a wealth of knowledge in curriculum and instruction; assessment and system reform; and educational equity.

Denise recently retired from Evergreen School District where she faithfully served for 35 years as a teacher, computer instructor, literacy coach, principal and director.  As the District’s Director of Instruction, Denise was responsible for state and federal programs enabling her to be an advocate for historically underserved students and English language learners.  Denise is very intentional and passionate around her equity work ensuring that all students and parents receive what they need to be successful in the 21st Century.

Additionally, she facilitated Title 1, and Title III Program assessments, Professional Development for teachers and administrators as well as the coordination of the district Parent Involvement Program. She has been instrumental in leading the county and district’s work in the nationwide initiative of “My Name, My Identity” and has implemented many innovative projects for students in the district focusing on College and Career Readiness and Global Competency.

Her work in the community empowering parents to be successful with their children led to Evergreen receiving the state’s Golden Bell Award and the County’s Kristy Porter Award for Parent Engagement. Denise was also the recipient of the 2019 NAACP Emmitt Dollarhyde Award for her work to enhance the educational wellness of the school community.

On a personal note, Denise, originally from Trenton, New Jersey, models part time, attends Emmanuel Baptist Church, is close to her east coast family and is truly inspired by an amazing son who is pursuing a film career in Los Angeles.

Denise will lead SVEF’s College and Career Readiness teams, as well as support Elevate [Math] and other programs. Welcome, Denise!