The MVLA High School Foundation hired Laura Roberts as its new executive director. Roberts will work with the board of directors and Superintendent Barry Groves as she oversees the non-profit foundation’s activities.
Roberts replaces Robyn Fay, who served as executive director for the past 20 years. Under Fay’s leadership, the foundation raised millions of dollars for schools in the Mountain View Los Altos Union High School District.
Roberts, a longtime advocate for public school enrichment, recently completed a two-year term as president and chairwoman of the non-profit East Palo Alto Kids Foundation, where she served on the board for seven years, developed strategic partnerships and large donor relations, and created a three-year strategic plan.
In the MVLA district, Roberts served as co-chairwoman of Portfolio Day at Egan Junior High School and Writers Week at Los Altos High.
Roberts, who earned a bachelor’s degree from Chico State University and a master’s of business administration from Santa Clara University, has held systems analyst and project management positions at Nortel Networks, Bay Networks, Synoptics and Tandem Computers.
“As a board member and past president of the East Palo Alto Kids Foundation, I often heard teachers and principals speak about lack of funding, growing class sizes and the difficulties they faced maintaining a high level of student engagement and learning,” Roberts said. “I have long been a proponent of class-size reduction, which the MVLA Foundation has made possible for freshman English and math classes at both high schools.”
Roberts said she was excited to have an opportunity “to be involved with an organization that funds things I feel passionate about.”
The MVLA High School Foundation has committed to raising $1 million for programs in the 2011-2012 school year.
“As a parent and longtime donor, Laura not only understands what it takes to run a foundation, but she understands the pivotal role that the foundation plays in supporting our high schools,” Grove said. “With significant recent state budget reductions, we are relying on the foundation to help us maintain excellent programs for our students.”
For more information, visit www.mvlafoundation.org.