New Director for Education Foundation

By Riya Bhattacharjee
Tuesday September 04, 2007

Molly Fraker will join the Berkeley Public Education Foundation today (Tuesday) as its new executive director. 

A graduate of American University, Fraker led the Chez Panisse Foundation for seven years as its first executive director.  

She brings more than 30 years of experience in the non-profit sector to the foundation, eleven of which have been in Berkeley. 

Besides serving the Berkeley Community Fund as its executive director during the past year, she also managed the Centennial Campaign for Cal Performances. 

Before moving to Berkeley with her family, Fraker worked in Washington, D.C., and New Jersey. 

“We are delighted to welcome Molly to the Berkeley Public Foundation, and feel fortunate to have someone with her knowledge, skills, and experience,” said Calvin Eng, who chairs the foundation’s board. “She brings a deep understanding of the importance of philanthropy in our community, and a commitment to bringing resources and innovation to Berkeley schools. We look forward to her leadership as we continue our efforts to sustain and broaden the foundation’s positive impact in classrooms across the school district.” 

In its 25th year, the Berkeley Public Foundation raises funds for classroom grants. It also encourages volunteering through its Berkeley School Volunteers program and works to bring resources and address special needs and programs within the schools. 

The foundation has raised over $1.5 million annually through donor contributions and volunteers services.