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2023-24 Board of Directors

MVEF is a non-profit educational foundation run by an unpaid Board of Directors of dedicated parent and community volunteers who are elected annually. Their time, expertise and energy enable the MVEF to maintain a low overhead, so more of every dollar donated goes directly to fund our programs.


Valerie Duncker, Lead Executive Director

Valerie joined MVEF as Lead Executive Director in 04/2024. Valerie is a mother of three kids who have attended schools in the LASD and MVLA districts. Her oldest kids are in college and her youngest is a freshman at MVHS.
Valerie serves on the PTSA Exec. Board of MVHS as an auditor. Previously, she served as the Financial Secretary
for the PTA Exec. Board at Blach Junior High. Her passion lies in enhancing children's education and making positive contributions to the community. 
She volunteered at Loyola, Blach, Egan, MVHS, & LAHS, as well as at Foothill College, where two of her kids participated in the Middle College Program. She has been actively involved in fundraising efforts at Loyola Elementary School and as a Board Member of a local education non-profit, as well as with LAEF and the MVLA Foundation. She is also an active member of NCL, a national non-profit fostering community service and volunteering opportunities for mothers & daughters in grades 7-12. She holds an MBA and brings over 15 years of experience from the corporate and tech startup sectors as Program Manager, primarily focussing on Marketing, Communications, and Operations.

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Dena Seki, Executive Director
Dena Seki joined as MVEF Executive Director in summer 2020, during the COVID pandemic. Prior to that she was an active volunteer in Palo Alto public schools starting in 2010. This included serving five years on the Addison Elementary School PTA and Greene Middle School PTA executive board in various roles, including co-president at Addison. She was on the board of Palo Alto Partners in Education as Assistant Treasurer and then worked as Development and Campaign Manager. Prior to moving to Palo Alto, she worked for over twelve years in various finance and banking roles. She was a VP/Account Officer for Wells Fargo Foothill and worked in various positions for GE Capital, the last as a Deal Manager. While working for GE Capital, she served as the Elfun Chapter Treasurer and acting Secretary. Elfun is a global organization of GE volunteers. Dena has a BA in International Politics from Penn State University and a joint MBA/MA from the University of Connecticut.

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