About SLED

Who We Are

The San Leandro Education Foundation (SLED) is a non-profit community foundation established to support the role of public education in developing our community’s young people into well-grounded future citizens. We believe that when a child succeeds, we all succeed. We believe that the vitality and future of the San Leandro community is directly linked to the quality of its public schools. Since our founding in 2008, we have been bringing the community together to accomplish these ideals.

Our Mission

SLED works with organizations, businesses, and the San Leandro community to provide students with robust and innovative educational experiences.

Our Vision

SLED promotes student success by supporting positive youth development activities that inspire students to pursue their educational and life goals.

Our Role

The San Leandro Education Foundation's role is to serve as a bridge between our youth and those in the community committed to investing in the future of San Leandro.

We Believe:

  1. Strong public schools are essential to our quality of life and the future well-being of our city
  2. The exceptional diversity of the San Leandro community is a strength
  3. Vibrant communities require high quality public schools
  4. The education of our children is the responsibility of the entire community
  5. That academic enrichment enhances the educational experience

We fund positive youth development activities that:

  • Contribute to a community of education via engaging and exciting opportunities
  • Encourage experiences that change educational paradigms
  • Support robust learning environments inside and outside the classroom
  • Enhance student’s career interests and educational experiences from elementary school through post-secondary opportunities.

Our Strategic Objectives

  • Educational Opportunities and Experiences
  • Career and College Exploration
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM)
  • Social Justice & Global Citizenship
  • Environmental Stewardship

SLED's success depends upon having a committed and engaged volunteer board of directors. SLED board members are passionate advocates for San Leandro's public schools, and they give generously of their time, talents, and treasure. SLED seeks to have a board that reflects the rich diversity of San Leandro. If you would like to know more about serving on the SLED Board of Directors, please email the SLED team, at info@sledfund.org .

Executive Director

Terra Cole Brown

Terra Cole Brown

Terra has spent more than 26 years working in the community on economic growth, neighborhood stabilization, and K - 16 education. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Dillard University in New Orleans, LA, and a Master of Arts from the University of Minnesota’s Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Terra has served on numerous boards and committees as well as a consultant focused on community engagement. Terra has worked with community-based non-profits, government, and education throughout her career, designing catalytic community integration and engagement processes. Terra strongly believes that it is essential that community members and organizations have access to tools and services that will help them create an atmosphere that fosters engagement and partnership and become effective agents of change. For more information about Terra's background, please visit her LinkedIn page.

Board of Directors

Mitch Huitema, President
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.

Tricia Reichert, Vice-President
Trisha Reichert

Tricia and her husband Fred have been San Leandro residents since 2001 and SLED100 members since 2013. Tricia is a strong supporter of public education and the belief that providing enriched educational opportunities to all students is a vital our children, community and democracy. Their two children have attended Roosevelt Elementary, Bancroft Middle School and SLHS. Tricia has been active at her children schools with many actives as well as serving as VP of Programs, Treasure, Auction Chair, Historian and Fundraising Chair. Tricia has a BA in Philosophy and has work for Kaiser since 1993, currently as a Principal Consultant with focus on Healthcare quality analysis

Sara Galvin, Secretary
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.

Tanya Forsberg
Tanya Forsberg

Tanya Forsberg and her husband Hans have lived in San Leandro for 15 years. They have two children who attended Roosevelt elementary and are now at Bancroft middle school. She is an active member of the San Leandro school community and the Manager of Prioritized Accounts in the Strategic Customer Marketing Group at Kaiser Permanente in Oakland. She is an advocate for public schools and strongly believes that all children deserve a free and quality education from pre-school through college.

Jill Raimondi, Treasurer and Co-Founder
Jill Raimondi

Jill has lived in San Leandro since 1990 and has three children, all are graduates of the San Leandro schools. 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.

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.



Our 2018-2019 impact numbers are in!

Thanks to donor support we:

  • Doubled science instruction for 894 elementary students.
  • Awarded Project-based learning grants to 83 teachers.
  • Awarded Camperships for overnight environmental science camp to 397 fifth graders.
  • Awarded Enrichment grants to 89 middle schoolers to explore their interests outside of school.
  • Sent 988 students on a field trip to the San Leandro History Museum.
  • Supported Season of Service-Period of Peace projects for 1,700 middle/high school students.

Help us continue to make an impact by donating today!

Annual Report for Fiscal Year 2018-19.
(July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019)

Contact Us

Mailing Address:
PO Box 3149
San Leandro, CA 94578

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