We got the NOD! That’s the Notice of Determination from the city planning commission, clearing the way for us to start building the new campus for Everest Value School. To celebrate this latest milestone, three of our board members have joined forces to magnify your contributions to the We Climb campaign with a $150,000 challenge grant! New contributions will now be matched dollar-for-dollar by new Vice-Chair Vince Gonzales and Jeffrey Garcia of the Value Schools Board of Directors and fellow Stanford University alumnus Juan Bustamante of the Value Schools Foundation Board. Their dedication to Value Schools lives up to Stanford’s mission “to advance knowledge and contribute to society through research and the education of future leaders.”
Our educators develop future leaders at Value Schools every day. We are extraordinarily grateful to Vince, Jeff, and Juan for helping us expand our reach and build a new home for the flourishing school community Everest Value has been growing since its first Base Camp meeting in 2014.
Vince, Jeff, and Juan invite you (yes, even the Cal Bears out there!) to experience the joy of opening new doors of academic excellence for young people working so hard to emulate their success. Please help us make the most of their generous offer!
Jeff Garcia was introduced to the Value Schools cause when he served as a volunteer tutor at Central City Value High. An investment analyst with the Capital Group Companies, Jeff’s expertise is in Management Science and Engineering. But it was his passion for ensuring broad access to high-quality education that led him to work with the Los Angeles Fund for Public Education, and as a board member for Teach for America.
Vince Gonzales, a portfolio manager trained at Stanford in management science & engineering, also earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School before joining Capital Group’s Los Angeles office. As a Los Angeles native, graduate of the local public school system, and a first-generation college graduate, he is passionate about increasing student and parent awareness of higher-education opportunities and financing alternatives.
Juan Bustamante is an attorney with Bocarsly Emden, where he practices real estate law with a focus on affordable housing and community development. After earning a bachelor’s degree in Earth Systems and a master’s in Civil/Environmental Engineering from Stanford, he received his J.D. from New York University School of Law. His expertise in real estate and urban policy have been especially important to the development of the new Everest Value School project.