The Chamberlin Family Foundation today welcomes a new Chief Executive Officer to lead its philanthropic effort to improve student success in West Contra Costa public schools.
Dr. Stefanie Phillips will assume the newly-created role to steer the foundation’s grantmaking and programmatic impact.
Phillips will direct investments that support WCCUSD principals and educators, charter school quality, local leaders, and parent advocates, all in an effort to improve academic gains for the roughly 34,000 students in West Contra Costa’s K-12 public schools.
As the former Superintendent of the Santa Ana Unified School District, Phillips arrives highly-qualified to advance a holistic approach that can drive student achievement in a mid-sized, urban school district.
“What interested me when I started thinking about making this shift was the fact that I could be instrumental in shaping the next set of outcomes that the foundation pursues,” Phillips said.
“When students that are under-served go unattended, it hurts us all,” Phillips said, acknowledging the foundation’s potential to bolster student success, particularly in high-need schools over the long term.
Phillips brings to West Contra Costa extensive education leadership and financial expertise. Her career has included roles as both an Assistant and Deputy Superintendent (Ontario, Chino, Clayton County, GA), a Chief Business Officer (Grant Joint Union), and at the California Department of Finance.
“Being able to think about how resources are directed and to whom they’re directed is critical,” Phillips said, noting the importance of focused investments that are most likely to generate improved learning for kids.
“Stefanie’s deep commitment to students and her rich understanding of the challenges faced in a district like ours make her an ideal choice to manage our foundation’s giving and long-term impact.” — Susan Chamberlin
Born and raised in Oakland, CA, Phillips earned her MBA in Finance (UC Davis) and her Doctorate in Education (USC) as she advanced through two decades of public school leadership and district financial stewardship.
“Stefanie’s deep commitment to students and her rich understanding of the challenges faced in a district like ours make her an ideal choice to manage our foundation’s giving and long-term impact,” said Susan Chamberlin.
“Our goal has always been to increase every student’s access to great public schools,” said Steve Chamberlin. “Under Stefanie’s leadership, we’re excited to expand our partnership with the district, and encourage both local charters and our district schools to do the challenging work that will lead to academic growth.”
Phillips takes on the role with clear enthusiasm for where the foundation’s future efforts can create the greatest impact for West Contra Costa students.
“I get to really be passionate about where we’re going as an organization, and how we’re partnering with other organizations to make these things happen,” Phillips said.
“I’m very excited for what’s ahead.”