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News - November 11, 2022

PPIE Executive Director McCoy-Thompson stepping down

Says he will continue to support foundation after accepting another job

by Christian Trujano

Steve McCoy-Thompson, executive director of the Pleasanton Partnerships in Education Foundation, has announced that he will be stepping down from his role in the coming weeks after more than six years of service.

McCoy-Thompson intends to serve on the foundation's board of directors in some capacity, but he has accepted a leadership role at Gratitude Network effective in January, according to a statement from PPIE on Monday. Gratitude Network is a Pleasanton-based nonprofit that provides coaching and consulting services to social entrepreneurs in the U.S. and around the world who serve children and youth.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience with PPIE and all our school leaders, parents and students. We have a phenomenal board and staff as well as truly dedicated teachers and administrative staff. I am thankful for all their support," McCoy-Thompson said in a statement. "I am also excited about the opportunity to work globally, as I did prior to PPIE, while also retaining my roots and commitment to this amazing community."

PPIE is a nonprofit foundation that supports all the schools in the Pleasanton Unified School District. Since 1987, the foundation has raised over $8 million dollars for our schools through corporate partner donations, special events and community-based fundraising efforts.

McCoy-Thompson first started working at PPIE in August 2016 -- since then he has led efforts in building new fundraising collaborations with different parent-teacher associations across the district.

"Steve has done a tremendous job since joining PPIE. He brought renewed collaboration with all our school parent clubs and raised PPIE's profile among our school families. He has also created strong bonds between our schools and local businesses to help our students along their career path," PPIE Board President Robin Dias said. "Really, our community is much better for his efforts and we are so glad that he plans to continue to support PPIE."

During his time as executive director, PPIE focused on funding supplemental staff such as reading specialists, librarians and support counselors so that the different schools PTAs could focus on funding class supplies, school projects and development programs for teachers and parents.

McCoy-Thompson helped increase fundraising efforts by 60% and even raised participation rates -- meaning the number of families who donate to the foundation -- by over 40% during his tenure, according to PPIE.

"The result is that PPIE has consistently donated more $700,000 each year to the school district for supplemental staff, selected STEAM grants and special programs," PPIE officials stated.

Apart from his fundraising efforts, he initiated a series of engagement programs to connect students with business volunteers in the community.

He oversaw as the foundation instituted a business-student mock interview program, promoted a series of business-class mentoring and speaking programs and he created the Pillars of Pleasanton program and annual awards, which recognize businesses that support Pleasanton schools.

He also helped to establish the annual State of the School District event, which showcases school progress and programs each year in a speech by PUSD's superintendent.

As he transitions into his new role at Gratitude Network, McCoy-Thompson will continue to serve on the Board of Directors for the Three Valleys Community Foundation, which he co-founded in 2021, and on the city's Economic Vitality Committee.

PPIE has launched its search for a new executive director and is encouraging people to apply by emailing a cover letter and resume to [email protected] by Nov. 30.

McCoy-Thompson said he will stay on the job until the PPIE gets a new director -- he said the foundation is aiming to fill the position by January, which is when he begins his new job.

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