About Us

We believe all children can discover their passion, define their future, and change the world.

Our Work

Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) was established in 1983 by concerned parents and community members in response to legislation that drastically reduced critical revenue in the form of property taxes that funded local schools. As a result, RCEF established itself as a voice for the community focused on providing financial support, targeted advocacy, and meaningful engagement to address inequities and help all students thrive. 

This philosophy is still strong today, and in the rapidly-changing landscape of the Redwood City School District (RCSD), the Foundation recognized the need to reemphasize its roots in the community while also preparing the organization to be in the vanguard of mitigating the educational disparities experienced by local, low-income students.


While in the long-term, we still intend to provide services and increase resources for all schools in Redwood City School District. In the short-term, we are intentionally shifting our focus to support schools with large percentages of low-income students who qualify for Free and Reduced-Price Lunch.

By proactively supporting underserved students, this model improves their ability to meet math and literacy proficiency standards; thereby reducing enrollment in remedial courses and increasing their likelihood of meaningful success in high school and beyond.

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We support students by investing in targeted programs that improve reading and math scores and strengthen student engagement and social-emotional learning.
We advocate for increases in per-pupil funding for all schools in RCSD by driving coalitions to support policies impacting underserved students and monitoring revenue-generating opportunities.
We engage with the community to better understand the needs of schools and families. We share learning and best practices by creating opportunities for connections between families and schools.

Meet The Team

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Jason Galisatus

Executive Director

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Florence Ortiz

Associate Manager

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Board of Directors

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Shannon Petrello

RCEF President

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Ann Hynecek

RCEF Secretary

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Marilyn Ezrin

RCEF President Emeritus

Community Volunteer

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Elmer Martinez Saballos

DEI Committee Lead

California State Assembly

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Jessica Tsang

Board Member

Education Consultant

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Alana Ballon

RCEF Vice President

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Dr.  John Baker

Board Member

RCSD Superintendent

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Connie Guerrero

Board Member

Swinerton Builders

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Ben Packer

Programs Committee Lead

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Ed Yee

RCEF Treasurer

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Jodie Antypas

Board Member

Electronic Arts (EA)

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Elmer Martinez

Board Member

SAMCAR President

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Laura Tomás

Nominating Committee Lead

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Our Partners

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Let's Connect

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