Redwood City Education Foundation (RCEF) Executive Director Jason Galisatus has stepped down after two-and-a-half years.
In a statement, Galisatus said he was inspired to get involved in public schools after witnessing a "small but mighty group of parent volunteers whose passion for making our schools better was unmatched."
"Their energy, collaboration, and enthusiasm inspired me, and I knew I had to get involved," he said.
During Galisatus' tenure, the RCEF centered their work around education equity and shifted their funding to the Hoover, Garfield, and Taft schools, which serve a student population that is 93% low-income, 93% Latino, and 62% English-learner.
“We are deeply grateful to Jason for his leadership, which helped reshape the organization and drive growth amid the tumultuous period of the pandemic,” said Board President Shannon Petrello. “He’s been a tremendous colleague and a valuable asset to the organization. We wish him all the best in his new role.”
Galisatus, 28, has accepted a role as an account director at Singer Associates.
The RCEF has now announced the hiring of Pati Ortiz, former head of Redwood City District’s Community Schools and Partnerships Department. Oritz will lead the organization in an interim capacity as the board conducts a robust executive search process.
Oritz will bring over a decade of experience in education and community development. Prior to leading RCSD's Community Schools and Partnerships Department, she held the position of Community School Coordinator at RCSD, and worked in public administration and education non-profits in Latin America.