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About Us
School-Force, the Belmont-Redwood Shores Public Schools Foundation, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization (tax ID 91-2159650), run by volunteers and supported by parents, community members, and businesses.


We raise money for teachers and programs to ensure an exceptional education for the children of the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District. In addition, we are dedicated to raising community awareness of key issues faced by our district, and what we can do as a community to ensure that all of our children receive a quality public education.

Schools We Serve

We serve the seven schools in the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District: Central, Cipriani, Fox, Nesbit, Redwood Shores, and Sandpiper Elementary Schools, and Ralston Middle School. Read more about our schools…


In 2001, in the face of serious budget shortfalls, the Belmont-Redwood Shores school district put a parcel tax measure on the ballot. When that parcel tax failed, the district announced that it would end instrumental music. Read more…

Yearly Events

We hold three major fundraising events a year: the School-Force Spring Fundraiser (formerly called Casino Royale), an outdoor fall music festival called Save The Music, plus our Reading Power Read-a-thon. Click on each event for more details.

Core Values

We work together to:
  • Drive educational excellence
  • Lead community involvement in education
  • Use public resources effectively
  • Develop well-rounded children
  • Build a life-long love of learning

How is the Money Spent?

Each year the School-Force Board works with the Belmont-Redwood Shores School District to identify key funding requirements that are not met by other district revenue sources. Learn more…

Join Us!

School-Force is an all-volunteer organization and we can use your help. We particularly need volunteers with experience or interest in fundraising to help us increase our donor base (parents, community members, realtors). Our Board meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, from 7:00-9:00 pm, in the District office (2960 Hallmark Dr, Belmont). Additional volunteers are always needed, especially at the individual school level.  Contact us…

Contact Us

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2013-2014 Board of Directors

Executive Committee:
President: Brian Matthews
Communications Chair: Clarissa Naftzger
Fundraising Chair: Rakesh Hegde
Operations Chair: Matthew English
Outreach Chair: Franziska Bussiek
School Chair Representative: Derek Cicero
Treasurer: Angelka Tolu

Board Members:
Annual Giving Chair: Rakesh Hegde
Business Outreach Chair:  Rahila Passi
Community Outreach: Jeff Schnitz
Endowment Chair: Tim Hoffman
Analytics & Benchmarking: Chris Fry
Secretary: Nancy Jung
Central School Chair: Ulla Foehr
Cipriani School Chair: Jessica Stone
Fox School Chair: Derek Cicero
Nesbit School Chair: Alanna Shaw-Filippi
Redwood Shores School Chair: Simon Foster
Sandpiper School Chair: Flora Lee-Chan
Ralston Middle School Chair: Gail Welter

Non-Voting Partners:
District Representative: Michael Milliken
Legal: Jeff Selman
Opening Doors PTA Rep: [open]
School Board Representative: Robert Tashjian
School Principals Representative: [open]
Teacher’s Union Representative: [open]
Classified Union Representative: [open]

Broader School-Force Team:
Credit Card Donations: Cheri Hariri
Donation Data Entry: Lisa Chavez
Donation Support: Karen Werner
Design: Jacqueline Kraft
Matching Gifts: Melody Chan, Lori Moon
Reading Power Chair: Tracie Pon
Spring Fundraiser Chair: Jennifer Zimmermann & Renee Evans
Save The Music: Alan Sarver
Social Media: Alanna Fillipi, Martha Simmons
Website: Valerie Price, Clarissa Naftzger