BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Edgar wants to live in a world filled with happy and fulfilled humans; where everyone finds value in their experience of life- through play, work, and meaningful human interactions. In this world, karaoke happens more days than not and there is always room for another friend to talk about positive systemic change.
As a gregarious shenanigator with more than 20 years of experience in workforce development, he’s worked with a multitude of school districts, workforce investment boards, and tribal groups to explore and improve the way we approach work through his learning and experiences organization, Imago. He is also a member of multiple network groups collaborating to improve quality of life in his favorite place to call home- the San Joaquin Valley.
When he’s not inspiring change one young mind at a time or running innovative workshops around California, you can find him coaching his son’s baseball team, running around barefoot, and encouraging his team of tigers toward Imago’s vision for a happier, more emotionally intelligent world.
PROGRAM DIRECTOR, FRESNO COUNTY PRETERM BIRTH INITIATIVE, FRESNO STATE FOUNDATION
Sandra Flores was hired as the first program director of the Fresno County Preterm Birth Collective Impact Initiative, a collaborative effort to reduce the number of babies born prematurely in Fresno County. The Fresno County Preterm Birth Initiative is part of the larger $100-million, 10-year Preterm Birth Initiative, led by the University of California, San Francisco, and funded by Lynne and Marc Benioff and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Fresno County is one of six sites selected for the Preterm Birth Initiative, and one of two sites implementing the Collective Impact model. Alameda County and San Francisco are the other two U.S. locations, with international sites that include Nairobi, Rwanda and Uganda.
A Fresno native, she sits on the Boards of Directors for The Women’s Foundation of California and Teen Success, Inc. and is also a member of the Adolescent Sexual Health Work Group, an organization through the California Department of Public Health that promotes and protects the sexual and reproductive health of youth in California.
LEAH SILVESTRE, MBA
CEO, GREAT VALLEY ACADEMIES
Leah is a passionate and committed leader who has worked in the Central Valley for over 19 years. During that time, she served as CEO/Executive Director of 2 non profit corporations reaching under served communities, and in the most recent 5 of those years as CEO of Great Valley Academies. Great Valley Academies are Public Charter Schools currently comprised of 2 seat based campuses and a home school program, serving nearly 1800 students. Prior to moving to the Central Valley, Leah spent 15 years in the High Technology sector of Silicon Valley, holding various executive positions in the area of Finance, Accounting and Organizational Development.
Leah's passion for making a positive impact on her community, her business skill set, and her ability to facilitate change, have provided her unique opportunities to be of service in the Central Valley.