Give our children the means to excel

You can make a direct impact on the future of children throughout our school district by partnering with the Simi Valley Education Foundation. Established in 1989, the Foundation has supported our schools with more than $2,500,000 in grants and scholarships.

As our community grows, so do requests for funding. Your support is critical to our being able to keep these programs going. Better schools. Every child deserves a great education. Better communities. Is there a better reason?

We depend on the generosity of our friends to continue
our work to improve student achievement by providing grants that:

  • Enrich math skills
  • Support science curriculum
  • Promote 21st century technology
  • Improve literacy
  • Expand social studies
  • Enhance social and world culture
  • Elevate the arts

Our Goal

Preserve quality education in Simi Valley by raising funds for the support of the public schools.

Provide financial support for specific materials and programs which that are designed to improve and enhance learning experiences in academics, activities, and the arts.

Promote and improve education by offering innovative and diverse opportunities for learning.

Involve community-minded businesses, families and individuals to support the Foundation’s goals. Help us give Simi Valley school students the tools they need to succeed. Simi Valley Education Foundation provides the extraordinary for teachers and students that enrich our schools and strengthen our community.

Nominate your teacher today by clicking here.

With your help we can further
fund our core initiatives…
Here’s just a few:

  • Honor educators and faculty –
    every month we identify and recognize those that make a difference for our children
  • Fund classroom programs-
    last year alone we invested over $30,000 for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math
  • Provide educational materials –
    we’ve furnished books and software district-wide
  • Grant college scholarships –
    we’ve awarded assistance to over 140 students

2019-2020 Board of Directors

Kristin Tignac – President
YES & Youth Council/City of Simi Valley
Sharon Lorkowski – President Elect
Girl Scouts of California’s Central Coast
Michelle Scharf – Secretary
SVUSD Para Educator
Eric Lundstrom – Treasurer
Moog Inc.
Mike James –  Past President
AeroVironment, Inc.
New Board Members:

We are happy to welcome the following individuals to the Board of Directors this year:

Kelly Iblings – Securitas Security Services

Elaine Litster – Simi Valley City Councilmember

Alexandra Walker – Actuaries Unlimited

Liz Hernandez – PTA/PTSA Council Representative

Current Board Members: 

David Frost – Keysight Technologies

Kim Holden – Community Volunteer

Diana Janke – Retired, SVUSD Principal

Suzy Jeffords  – Community Volunteer

Kareem Jubran  –  DPR Construction/SVUSD Board Trustee

Leroy Leyba   – Pinnacles Estate Properties

Amin Maghsoodi – Pacific Oaks College

Lulu Means – Educator, SVUSD

Lacey Noe –  Elite Building Materials

Dr. Jason Peplinski –  Superintendent, SVUSD

Scott Rigg  – Golden State Water Company

Brian Ring – Amgen

Kathy Roth – Ret. SVUSD Dir. of Elem. Ed

Dawn Smollen –  SVUSD Board Trustee

Kathryn Stiles –  Adventist Health Simi Valley

Kathi Van Etten – Simi Valley Chamber of Commerce

Community Advisory Board:

Glen Becerra  – Former Council Member, City of Simi Valley

Cathy Carlson –  Pinnacles Estate Properties

Brian Iverson –   Iverson Construction

Bob LaBelle  –  SVUSD Trustee, Retired Principal

Chief David Livingstone –  Chief of Police SVPD

Allan C. Mann  –  Time Realty Property Management

Carol Richards – Union Bank

Paul Goodnough – Board CPA
Cindy Jacoby – Executive Director

Our mailing address is:

P.O. Box 1439,
Simi Valley, CA 93062

Phone: 877-SIMI-KIDS – (877) 746-4543
Fax: (805) 277-9467