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ABOUT US

SVEF is the largest nonprofit advocate and provider of STEM education in Silicon Valley

1998

Fair Exchange (now Silicon Valley Education Foundation or SVEF), begins in the Franklin-McKinley School District as a school-based center offering everything from medical to after-school programs to at-risk families

2000

Fair Exchange changes it name to Franklin McKinley Education Foundation (FMEF)

2001

Muhammed Chaudhry becomes Executive Director

2006

Mayor Ron Gonzales joins forces with FMEF to form San jose Education Foundation (SJEF)

2007

First School District MOU’s signed: OG Berryessa, FMSD, Orchard, SCCOE

2008

  • 501c3 status

  • Facebook page

  • SVEF merges with Santa Clara County of Education Foundation

  • Stepping Up To Algebra (SUTA) program launches

  • STEM in Education Report is published

  • $3M STEM Initiative

  • $1.7M from Knight Foundation

2009

  • Board of Directors approve the adoption of a Board Governance

  • Forum: Should A-G requirement be the default curriculum for California high schools?

  • STEM in Education Report #2 is published

2010

  • ESUHSD adopts A-G

  • Women & Girls Summit

2012

  • FMEF rebrands as Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF)

  • Morgan Hill, Palo Alto, and SJUSD adopt A-G

  • First Silicon Valley STEM Summit is held

2013

  • Forum: The Importance of Early Math

  • The East Side Alliance is formed

2014

SUTA becomes Elevate [Math] or E[M]

2015

WestEd Study on E[M]

2017

Manny Barbara becomes interim CEO

2018

  • Merger with ALearn

  • Dr. Lisa Andrew becomes CEO

2019

[Computer Science] Innovate pilot

2020

SVEF pivots to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic

2022

Women in STEM event is held

2023

SVEF’s documentary, “Zip Code: Code Red”, is released during the 1st Annual Education Summit

OUR HISTORY

OUR TEAM

SVEF consists of people from diverse backgrounds who all share the same passion for guiding underserved students towards brighter futures through STEM education.

OUR DONORS & PARTNERS

Committed to our goal of championing STEM education, our donors and partners enable us to create an ever greater impact for Silicon Valley and its students.

Stay up-to-date on the latest news, insights, and resources in STEM education

WHAT WE DO

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) guides students, faculty, and schools around these roadblocks, opening pathways to brighter futures through STEM education. Our established programs and strong partnerships with districts and educators in various sectors allow us to create solutions that raise student performance and inspire them to succeed in college and their careers.

As one of the most innovative regions in the world, Silicon Valley is known for setting standards in industries such as technology, science, and engineering.

Despite this, schools in the area face challenges such as tight budgets and inconsistent resources that block the paths of an increasingly diverse student population, hindering them from attaining a college education and a successful career.

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WAYS TO SUPPORT SVEF

WHAT WE DO

Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF) guides students, faculty, and schools around these roadblocks, opening pathways to brighter futures through STEM education. Our established programs and strong partnerships with districts and educators in various sectors allow us to create solutions that raise student performance and inspire them to succeed in college and their careers.

As one of the most innovative regions in the world, Silicon Valley is known for setting standards in industries such as technology, science, and engineering.

Despite this, schools in the area face challenges such as tight budgets and inconsistent resources that block the paths of an increasingly diverse student population, hindering them from attaining a college education and a successful career.

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