PPIE hires new executive director

Pleasanton resident Steve McCoy-Thompson picked to lead education nonprofit

The Pleasanton Partnerships in Education (PPIE) Foundation has brought on experienced nonprofit leader Steve McCoy-Thompson to serve as its new executive director, the local nonprofit announced Friday.

A Pleasanton resident for two decades, McCoy-Thompson has over 25 years of leadership and development experience with various nonprofit, corporate and government entities.

"I am excited and honored to serve PPIE and the entire Pleasanton community," McCoy-Thompson said in a statement Friday.

"PPIE has a strong history of supporting local schools, teachers and students," he added. "I look forward to expanding our impact, collaborating with an increasingly diverse community, and building connections with our key stakeholders to create the kind of environment where our children will thrive."

McCoy-Thompson succeeds former PPIE executive director Susan Hayes, whose contract was not renewed this summer after three years leading the nonprofit organization.

McCoy-Thompson previously served in senior positions with Deloitte Consulting and Bechtel Corporation and has nonprofit experience from having been the executive director of Urban Solutions. His career has taken he and his wife Meri and children Matthias and Marie abroad to live in China and India in years past.

McCoy-Thompson is a past PPIE volunteer who has also been involved in the community as a youth basketball coach, Cub Scouts leader and founder of the local nonprofit Community to People. He is also the author of four books.

PPIE board president Stephen Hilton said the nonprofit felt fortunate to bring McCoy-Thompson on.

"His experience and demonstrated success align perfectly with PPIE's goals to increase fundraising, enhance stakeholder outreach, and further define our strategic plan," Hilton said in a statement Friday. "Steve's involvement and familiarity with both corporate and nonprofit settings will serve PPIE well."

A 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, PPIE supports local public schools by raising funds for student programs and projects.

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