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Joel Mackey has over 20 years of non-profit management experience. As Executive Director of Habitat for Humanity of the East Bay, Joel is skilled in successfully convening community engagement initiatives. Working as a policy specialist for Making Waves, Joel understands the importance of building a college going culture for students in the school District. Joel is an instructor teaching non-profit management courses at University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, and California State University – East Bay.
Joel is an attorney, having graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He also received a Master of Divinity degree from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University. He completed his undergraduate studies at Trinity College.
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Robert Bunce has brought his energy and devotion to the field of education for over 20 years. As Program Director for the Ed Fund for the past 7 years, Robert has grown and developed the organization’s programs, launched the Out-of-School Time and College Access initiatives, and helped transition the organization into its new backbone role. In addition to overseeing programming, Robert is often the face in the community for the Ed. Fund, working with diverse community stakeholders to identify opportunities and resources to improve educational opportunities for youth and schools through West Contra Costa. Robert attended Sonoma State University for his graduate and undergraduate studies in education and history respectively, and earned his teaching credential from Dominican University.
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Veli Waller received a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Business from UCLA and a teaching credential from California State University at Hayward. Veli is a certified Career & College Advisor; receiving her certification through UC Berkeley Extension. After teaching in the classroom, she then spent 15 years working in the Supplemental Education Industry in a variety of capacities. Initially she began running after-school tutoring centers. She worked closely with parents, students and teachers to ensure each child’s needs were being met. Veli then went on to manage a region of educational centers and to provide training and development for staff throughout California. Veli joined the Ed Fund in 2012 and as the College Access Manager, led the financial aid campaign which resulted in an increase in completion of financial aid applications from 33% to 67% across West Contra Costa Unified School District. She has developed and delivered college access workshops to students, parents and community partners. Veli is passionate about helping students develop to their potential. Veli grew up in El Cerrito and is a product of WCCUSD schools.
Finance and HR Manager
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Beth Wright is the Finance and HR Manager at the Ed Fund. She brings to the organization 21 years of experience working with nonprofits, through her own business, specializing in nonprofit accounting setup, maintenance, full charge bookkeeping services, budgeting, audit prep, tax preparation, and benefits management. She has served as Treasurer, lending her accounting experience to nonprofit boards, and was instrumental in starting a nonprofit to keep the music program alive in a local school district.
She is a native of Washington, where she grew up in the beautiful Northwest. Her loves are her daughter, her 12 cats, and quilting.