Raquel F. Donoso is a public policy advocate, philanthropic leader, and organizational strategist whose work over the last two decades has included education, health, the environment, civic engagement, immigration, and women’s rights. Raquel was Director of the Mission Promise Neighborhood (MPN), building a cradle-to-college-to-career pipeline for San Francisco’s Mission students. Prior to MPN, Raquel was CEO of the Latino Community Foundation where she led the organization through its largest growth period and launched several innovative initiatives. Raquel has also worked on regional and state policy issues, spearheading campaigns on health access, environmental health, and education equity. She is a fellow of the Annie E. Casey Children and Family Fellowship. She is a proud parent of a West Contra Costa Unified School District high school student. Raquel completed her undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of California, Los Angeles and is completing her doctorate in education leadership at the University of California, Davis.
Patricia Lara attended Richmond High School and graduated from San José State University in 2015. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and a minor in Child Development. Patricia is a previous Ed Fund Scholar, and currently working as our Program Assistant. She serves as our Spanish translator and as a liaison to our Spanish speaking families. She hopes to attend graduate school in the near future to obtain her Master’s Degree in counseling to work with underprivileged youth and their families.
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. She loves are her daughter, her 12 cats, and quilting.
Robert Bunce has brought his energy and devotion to the field of education for over 20 years. As Deputy Director for the Ed Fund, 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.