PEF Welcomes New Members to the 2018-2019 Board of Directors
Piedmont Education Foundation Announces New Board Members
The Piedmont Education Foundation (PEF) welcomes four new members to its 2018-2019 Board of Directors. The new board members bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the PEF Board. All have spent years volunteering and fundraising for a wide variety of parent, civic and educational organizations.
The incoming board members are Angel Fierro, Nicki Gilbert, Mary Ireland, and Linda Smith Munyan.
“We are very excited to welcome our new Board members,” says Heather Frank, Executive Director of PEF. “They bring a wide variety of skills and experience to the board which will help us uphold our mission in supporting Piedmont schools.”
The PEF nominating committee was led by Molly Ashford and Rick Smith. The committee met over several months to find the right mix of parents and community members to serve on the Board.
The new members were officially welcomed at the final PEF board meeting on May 16, 2018.
is a community-based, registered 501(c)3 non-profit whose mission is to promote academic excellence, champion innovation, and provide sustained financial support to the Piedmont Unified School District. PEF raises more than $2.4 million annually for the K-12 Piedmont public schools, and is the steward for an Endowment valued at over $6 million. Responsible for providing nearly 8% of the District budget, the board actively engages our community on behalf of the Piedmont schools.
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Angel has spent his career in renewable energy and finance. He is currently a Partner at Plexus Solutions, an advisor to renewable energy companies seeking financing and M&A. Angel has a BS degree in Industrial Engineering from Stanford and serves as the PADC rep for Wildwood Elementary School and as a mentor for the East Bay College Fund. Angel has two children, a first and second grader at Wildwood, and his wife, Shannon Fierro, is the principal at Millennium High School. (Member-at-Large)
Mary is a past Chair of PEF and was a PEF board member from 2012 – 2017. Before that, she held numerous volunteer leadership positions in support of the Piedmont schools. Mary played a key role in the successful merger of APCP (Associated Parents Clubs of Piedmont) and PEF and she has tremendous knowledge of and passion for all Piedmont school organizations. In recognition of her contributions, Mary received the Art Hecht volunteer of the year award in 2013. Mary and her husband Doug (a current Piedmont School Board member) have four children who attended Piedmont schools. (Member-at-Large)
Nicki is an accomplished writer (redboots.me). She has been a consistent, engaged volunteer for the Piedmont schools and is co-chair of the 2018-2019 Giving Campaign. Nicki has a BA degree in Journalism, Drama and English from Rhodes University. Nicki and her husband Ryan have four children currently in Piedmont schools. (Giving Campaign Co-Chair)
Linda is a marketing and communications professional, currently working for the Cyber Security Services team at Symantec. She’s been an active volunteer in Piedmont since she moved here in 2013, mostly recently as a Board Member of Dress Best For Less and the Piedmont Middle School Parents Club. (Dress Best for Less Liaison)