This year, the 56,000 children in San Franciscoâ€™s public schools need your help more than ever. The underfunding of their education continues, while the cityâ€™s economy is demanding new skills in a new century. We must join forces to help our educators and our children come through these challenging times stronger and smarter, so our students will be able to build a better future for all of us.
At this luncheon, the San Francisco School Alliance will convene the business, philanthropic, education and civic leaders of San Francisco to address the critical issues facing the city, and the key role that college- and career-ready students must play in the city's future economic success. Superintendent Carlos Garcia will once again present San Francisco Unified School Districtâ€™s Annual Report to the community, clearly outlining the districtâ€™s progress and goals for improvement.
The San Francisco School Alliance hopes you will invest in the strategic partnership between the SFSA and the San Francisco Unified School District to create long-lasting solutions for students, and a new pathway to prosperity for the city.
Dr. Sue Desmond-Hellmann, chief executive officer, leads the foundation's efforts to promote equity for all people around the world. She sets strategic priorities, monitors results, and facilitates relationships with key partners. Sue has deep expertise in health and medicine and a strong underpinning of working at a large institution.
Carlos A. Garcia
With a career in education that spans over 35 years, Carlos A. Garcia has built a strong track record for boosting student achievement and narrowing the achievement gap through his work as a teacher, principal, central office administrator and leader in classroom instruction.
In 2007, Garcia began his tenure as Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD). Under his leadership, the district has seen consistent improvement in achievement for all students, including increased academic gains for Latino and African American students. He has also led the way for district policies aimed at graduating all SFUSD students with bilingual skills and the credits required for admission to Californiaâ€™s university system.
F. Warren Hellman
F. Warren Hellman co-founded Hellman & Friedman in 1984. He was formerly a director of numerous portfolio companies, including Eller Media Company, Inc., Nasdaq Stock Market LLC, and Young & Rubicam Inc.
Edwin M. Lee
Edwin M. Lee is the 43rd Mayor of the City and County of San Francisco. The former City Administrator, Lee was appointed unanimously as successor mayor by the Board of Supervisors on January 11, 2011 to fill the remaining year of former Mayor Gavin Newsom's term, who was sworn in as California's Lieutenant Governor on January 10, 2011. Lee is the first Asian-American mayor in San Francisco history.
Eric McDonnell is President of San Francisco School Alliance Board of Directors.