PPIE board names new president, searching for new executive director

With growth in fundraising less than 3.5%, organization focuses on new goals

The board of directors of Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation has named Stephen Hilton as its new president while also announcing that it is searching for a new executive director to replace Susan Hayes, whose contract expired June 30 and was not renewed.

PPIE is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting Pleasanton public schools.

Hilton, senior vice president and corporate controller of Robert Half International, succeeds Bob Miller, director of Research and Development at The Clorox Company in Pleasanton. He remains on the board as past-president.

"We feel the skills needed for our next phase of growth are different from the skills used recently, and that the best path would be to seek a new executive director," Hilton said.

Working with the Foundation's board of directors, parents and volunteers, the new executive director's primary aim will be to increase fundraising through higher levels of donor participation, Hilton added.

"Over the last three years, PPIE has made great strides in reconnecting with the community and reminding everyone of who we are and what we do, raising the profile of this organization and strengthening ties with the community at large," Miller said in commenting on the recent departure of Executive Director Susan Hayes.

"Our contributions and visibility to the community have increased and we are grateful for how Susan has helped us with this journey," he added.

Miller continued: "She has worked with Parent Club leaders, principals, teachers and district staff to coordinate and identify not only direct funding opportunities, but also opportunities to partner with businesses to provide direct programming support to the schools."

However, Miller pointed out that fundraising levels for the Annual Giving Fund Campaign have grown less than 3.5% over the past two years.

"As a board, we were compelled to look at how we could accelerate our growth to have an even greater impact on excellence in education for Pleasanton," Miller said.

Added Hilton: "As we developed our plans and strategies for the future, we realized we were at a transition point, needing to shift the focus in order to achieve our goals."

"We feel the skills needed for our next phase of growth are different from the skills used recently, and that the best path would be to seek a new executive director."

The search for a new executive director is in process, and the organization expects to announce a replacement in the coming weeks. The job description and application instructions can be found on PPIE's website at

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13 people like this
Posted by Ptown Joe
a resident of Mission Park
on Jul 13, 2016 at 9:27 am

How is $622,649 in 2015 - 2016 not enough?

4 people like this
Posted by Kathleen Ruegsegger
a resident of Vintage Hills
on Jul 13, 2016 at 1:21 pm

Kathleen Ruegsegger is a registered user.

PA's PIE raises $5 million. And has a bond and $700 parcel tax. Even with a scaled comparison, I think we could do better than $600K.

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Posted by Maybe...
a resident of Laguna Oaks
on Jul 13, 2016 at 2:59 pm

Perhaps consider looking at the total picture of giving. I donate directly to my kid's schools vs. PPIE so I know where the funds will go. And becuase PPIE has a track record of churning staff and starting over. That does not build trust with the community.

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Posted by Alfasteve
a resident of Pleasanton Meadows
on Jul 14, 2016 at 9:31 am

"Churning Staff?" Susan has been only the second Exec Director in the last 15 years! That's pretty awesome for a non-profit organization. The board members are all volunteers from business, community and education, and the normal tenure of a board member is 5+ years. I was on the Board about 10 years ago, and we had the same tenure back then as now. PPIE consistently brings value to the students and teachers of Pleasanton. They are dedicated and very hard working. I commend Susan for the incredible value she's brought to PPIE the last few years. And, I also commend PPIE's Board for making decisions that keep it relevant. This is a good organization, people. Thank you to everyone who donates to PPIE - it is money well spent.

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Posted by Lesismore
a resident of Amador Valley High School
on Jul 14, 2016 at 11:19 am

I have volunteered and given money each year to PPIE. But have always had concerns.
1. They bully the PTA at many schools.
2. They were way too in bed with the past supernatant.
3. I was concerned about a program getting funded by PPIE and then a person from PPIE getting hired to run the program.
4. At past meeting, some member bullied other members.

They need to be more open. To tell people to give us your money and then we will do what we want with it. That concerns me. They need to explain better their plan for the year and the long-term plan before I give any more money.

We need PPIE but they need to be more transparent.

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