About SLED

Who We Are

The San Leandro Education Foundation believes that when a child succeeds, we all succeed. We understand that the vitality and future of San Leandro is directly linked to the quality of its public schools, that’s why we have been bringing the community together since 2008 to help all twelve schools in the San Leandro USD.

Here in San Leandro two out of three families struggle to make ends meet. And half of all students are English Language Learners who are challenged not only to learn the academic content but do so in their second language.

With a little help from the community, San Leandro students can reach their potential. The Foundation is a conduit for all forms of support, including time, talent and treasure! Please join us in helping every child succeed!

Our Role

The San Leandro Education Foundation’s role is to serve as a bridge for those in the community who want to invest in our children and schools and the future of the San Leandro community by providing opportunities and mechanisms to leverage valuable resources where they are needed the most.

Our Mission

The Education Foundation’s mission is to identify and mobilize local, regional and national resources in order to bring increased funding, innovative programming and strong partnerships to San Leandro Unified School District’s public schools.

We Believe:

  1. Strong public schools are essential to our quality of life and the future well-being of our city

  2. Vibrant communities require high quality public schools

  3. The education of our children is the responsibility of the entire community

  4. Academic enrichment enhances the educational experience and creates lifelong learners who are better equipped to adapt to change

The SLED Board of Directors is made up of volunteers just like you. Some Board members are parents of children in the San Leandro Unified School District, but Board members also come from the general community as well. Board members bring to SLED their wealth of professional and personal experience in a number of areas such as finance, marketing, technology, event planning, strategic programming, and grant writing. All are welcome!

Christian Rodriguez, President
Christian Rodriguez, President

Christian Rodriguez has lived in San Leandro since 2007. He has been the owner of Simple Floors in San Francisco since 2012. He and his wife Marina are the proud parents of three children, one high school graduate and two currently in the San Leandro unified School District. Christian is passionate about education and believes that children from all backgrounds and all walks of life should be afforded a quality, and free public education. He is an active member in the community, and plans on being active in parent groups at all schools his kids progress through.

Xouhoa Bowen, Secretary
Xouhoa Bowen, Secretary

Xouhoa is a social entrepreneur with a mission to empower women and girls through access, opportunity, and agency-building. Xouhoa is the CEO and founder of Community Impact Lab, a nonprofit focused on creating a boundless space for women and families to live, give, and grow to their fullest potentials. Before founding Community Impact Lab, Xouhoa served in the Peace Corps in Kyrgyzstan focusing on education and gender equality, taught refugees in inner-city Milwaukee, worked as a teacher, faculty manager, and curriculum designer in South Korea. As a refugee from Laos, Xouhoa is acutely aware of the power of having access to a good education and learning opportunities has on a person’s ability to succeed. She’s a passionate advocate for educational equity and hopes to drive increased access to opportunity. Xouhoa is the President of the Washington Elementary School PTO where her son is attending, serves on the Citizen’s Bond Oversight Committee, and was awarded the 2017 San Leandro Mayor's Award of Excellence for her commitment to the community. Xouhoa has a B.A. in Psychology and International Affairs from Marquette University, an MBA from Norwich University, and a Certificate of Completion in Social Sector Leadership from UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Jill Raimondi, Treasurer and Co-Founder
Jill Raimondi

Jill has lived in San Leandro since 1991 and has three children. Two are graduates of the San Leandro public schools and one attends San Leandro High School. She has been active in the school PTA’s and San Leandro High's School Site Council, as well as many district level committees. Since 2004 Jill has actively participated in parcel and bond campaigns to support San Leandro Schools. Jill graduated from UC Berkeley with a B.S. in Business Administration. Jill is a CPA and is currently the CFO of Housatonic Partners, a private equity firm.

Deborah Cox, Co-Founder
Deborah Cox

Deborah moved to San Leandro in 1997 with her husband and son. A strong believer in public education, Deborah has been active in her son’s education beginning with the Broadmoor Cooperative Preschool, and has been a board member and president of the parent groups at Roosevelt Elementary and Bancroft Middle School. Deborah was the Co-Chair for the Yes on Measure A San Leandro School district Parcel Tax campaign and continued on as Co-Chair of the Measure B $109 million school bond campaign that was passed by the San Leandro voters in 2006. Deborah is currently a member of the San Leandro City Council.

Sara Galvin
Sarah Galvin

Sarah Galvin has strong ties to the San Leandro community - she has owned her home here for the past eleven years and her law practice has been located on Estudillo Avenue since 2000. She is a solo practitioner offering estate planning, trust administration and mediation services, with clients ranging from young families to retiring baby boomers. Sarah is currently President of the Board of Magnolia Women's Recovery Program in Hayward and is a member of the San Leandro Unified School District (SLUSD) Citizens Bond Oversight Committee for Measure B. In the past she has served as Vice President of the Davis Street Family Resource Center Board of Trustees. She is also active in business association San Leandro LeTip.

Mitch Huitema
Mitch Huitema

Mitch has been an active member of our community and a strong supporter of public schools. She is the mother of two boys who attend a public charter school in Alameda. Mitch is a personal financial planner and is currently the CFO/COO of Ten Ton Consulting. Mitch was previously co-owner of Zocalo Coffeehouse with her husband, Tim Holmes until they sold the business to their roaster. Mitch has a BA in Physics from Northwestern University and spent many years in the computer industry working for companies like Apple, Handspring, and Palm. She has also served on the board of directors of BMUG, the Berkeley Mac User Group and the Broadmoor Neighborhood Association.

Jonas Mok
Jonas Mok

Jonas and his family have lived in San Leandro since 2000 and his two children have grown up in San Leandro public schools. Jonas has a background in for-profit and non-profit organizations in high-growth stages, with an emphasis on youth development. Jonas is the Chief Operating Officer at Brilliant Corners, a supportive housing provider.

Martin Vitz
Martin Vitz

Martin Vitz has lived in San Leandro for almost 50 years, over 20 of those spent as City Planner for the City of San Leandro. He and his wife, Polina, have 3 children, all of whom attended San Leandro schools from kindergarten to 12th grade and they now have 2 grandchildren at Bancroft Middle School and San Leandro High. He has been active in community organizations related to education and the arts since retiring from the East Bay Regional Park District. Through those years he has watched the community change in many ways yet remain unchanged as a convenient and desirable place to live. He is committed to keeping San Leandro that way and sees the strength of the school system as crucial to that goal.

Johanna Garcia Normart
Johanna Garcia Normart

Johanna has been a resident of San Leandro since 2003. Her four children have attended San Leandro Schools. She is a public school educator of 20+ years and is an active leader at her school site. Johanna has been a board member of Broadmoor Preschool. She has served as PTA President at Roosevelt Elementary as well as other PTA board positions. In these roles she has facilitated the development and implementation of academic enrichment programs in SLUSD.

Executive Director
Morgan Mack-Rose
Morgan Mack-Rose

Morgan Mack-Rose joined as SLED's first Executive Director in November of 2013 after having served as a SLED Board member for one year and San Leandro USD Trustee from 2008-2012. Her professional background is in non-profit development including Project Inform, Inc. in San Francisco and the YMCA of the East Bay.

The mother of two girls in the San Leandro unified School District, she has supported San Leandro public schools since before her children were even old enough to attend. Driven by a passion for public education, Mack-Rose has previously served as PTA President for Washington Elementary, and as a member on the District’s Budget Advisory Committee and SLCAN’s Quality School Committee. After volunteering on the 2006 Measure B bond, Mack-Rose was elected to the San Leandro Board of Education in 2008, serving as Board President for two of her four years. During her tenure, she also helped pass Measure M to improve school athletic facilities and Measure L, the District’s first successful parcel tax. She recently ended her term as Trustee but continues to serve on the San Leandro Redevelopment Successor Agency Oversight Board.



Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2017-18.
(July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018)

This year, SLED celebrates 10 years of pulling together as a community for San Leandro schools! And this year is our biggest year yet…

  • $25,000 in camperships for Outdoor Education.
  • $10,000 in Season of Service, Period of Peace project grants.
  • 35 classes are headed to the San Leandro History Museum.
  • $38,000 in Teacher Mini-Grants!
  • $100,000 to support S.T.E.A.M. Labs.
These are a just few of the things SLED is doing to support San Leandro teachers and students. We hope to announce an exciting new STEAM partnership with the District at our annual Full STEAM Ahead for Education Breakfast. Please "save the date" and plan on attending the Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead for Education Breakfast on Friday, April 5, 2019 where we will be showing the new S.T.E.A.M. Labs in action!

Thank you for your commitment and generosity towards SLED’s mission. As you look at your end-of-year charitable giving, please keep SLED and San Leandro’s students in mind.

All contributions made before January 1, 2019 are 100% tax deductible for 2018. Just give on-line at: SLED Donations or mail to:
PO Box 3149
San Leandro, CA 94578

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3149
San Leandro, CA 94578

Phone: 510-618-GIVE (4483)
Email: info@sledfund.org