Foundation Board Establishes Executive Director Position to Increase Capacity to Fundraise and Advocate for Elementary, Middle and High Schools

The Santa Cruz Education Foundation announced it has established its first-ever executive director position and has appointed Suz Howells to the position. Howells has served as president of the board of SCEF since June 2009. The board named board vice president Bill Maxfield as the new board president.

“We are thrilled to have Suz in this new role,” said Maxfield. “Suz has a well-earned reputation for collaboration and innovation in our community. In her prior, part-time volunteer role with SCEF, Suz provided essential leadership on a myriad of issues, some of which include school food reform, the development of college-track programming, visual and performing arts advocacy, The Eddy online school news publication and the successful pursuit of many key grants. She is perfectly suited to lead SCEF to the next level as we continue to support students through advocacy, outreach and fundraising.”

“Our neighborhood schools are both the heart and the future of our community,” said Howells. “I’m very thankful for the opportunity to support students, teachers and staff who are focused every day on achievement. Santa Cruz is a family-focused community and I’m excited about the growing level of commitment to public education here. From the school community to the business community to our public officials, there is great pride in our students and our schools. I share that pride and am committed to helping strengthen our investment in public education.”