Creating a Foundation of Excellence, Together

 
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About Us

The San Luis Coastal Education Foundation (SLCEF) believes that a strong educational system is critical to the strength and future success of San Luis Obispo community businesses, civic organizations, and our local economy. Through the Foundation, our community is investing in our future leaders, neighbors, and workforce.


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Collaborating today for a better tomorrow.

The purpose of the San Luis Coastal Education Foundation is to build dynamic community partnerships, and raise and invest funds for the benefit of all students within our local schools.


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Our Mission

San Luis Coastal Education Foundation’s mission is to provide resources and opportunities for excellence in teaching, promote innovation in learning, and partner with the community to enhance the quality of education for all students.


Our Vision

The San Luis Coastal Education Foundation (SLCEF) believes that a strong educational system is critical to the strength and future success of San Luis Obispo community businesses, civic organizations, and our local economy. Through the Foundation, our community is investing in our future leaders, neighbors, and workforce. By collaborating today towards this common purpose, our communities will be strengthened for a better tomorrow.

We support innovative thinkers across our school sites who have the ideas, passion, and expertise to transform learning and elevate opportunities for every student. In partnership with the school district, the community and industry partners, the SLCEF functions as an incubator where innovative ideas can be developed into successful programs, the impacts of which can be measured, replicated and scaled.

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Our Goals

The San Luis Coastal Education Foundation will achieve its mission by making investments toward the following goals:

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Elevate Opportunity

and achievement for all students by fostering an inclusive culture of deep and continuous learning.

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Eliminate barriers

to student achievement.

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Empower teachers

to dream big and pursue cutting-edge innovations in teaching.

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Engage the community

in assuring a quality education that prepares our students for future personal and professional success.


Our Team

 
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Christine Robertson

Executive Director

Christine Robertson works with foundation board,
school district and school board to align and advance fundraising, grant-making and innovation priorities. Christine started her career as a public high school teacher and later went on to serve as a Chief of Staff in the California State Senate and Assembly. In 2013, she co-founded and led the Institute for Advanced Technology & Public Policy at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, a nonprofit multidisciplinary applied research Institute that invested in faculty and student led innovation projects. Christine’s husband is a high school special education teacher and together they have two school-aged children.

 

Board of Directors

The San Luis Coastal Education Foundation Board of Directors include SLCUSD parents, alumni, current and retired SLCUSD employees, and a diverse array of local community leaders, business owners, and professionals.

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Erica Flores Baltodano, Esq.
Dave Bernhardt, M.D.
Sam Blakeslee, Ph.D.
Kevin Bumen
Anika Clements
Kelli Cole
Molly Hughes
Kathryn Eisendrath-Rogers, Ph.D.

Alan Iftiniuk
Melissa James
Steven Jobst, M.D.
Rick Mayfield
Kim McGrath
Rosanna Medeiros
David Mitchell
Ryan Pinkerton

Eric Prater, Ed.D.
Jim Quesenberry
Rick Robinett
Elise St. John, Ph.D.
Bill Thoma
Stacey White
Matthew Woods

 
This foundation was launched in recognition of the growing opportunities and challenges ahead for our students and teachers. Our community is stepping up and declaring our shared commitment to invest in the next generation of civic leaders, inventors, creatives and entrepreneurs.
— Honorable Sam Blakeslee, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of San Luis Coastal Education Foundation