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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.

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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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Sandi Puett, Volunteer Marketing

Sandi joined as MVEF Co-Executive Director focused on Marketing in Summer 2022 but stepped down to volunteer for MVEF at the end of 2023. Sandi has a 5th grader and a 2nd grader at Gabriela Mistral Elementary. She has served on Mistral's PTA Executive Board, as a School Site Council member, and also served on the MVWSD task force for DEI.  Sandi has a B.S. with Honors from Middle Tennessee State University and an MBA from Vanderbilt University's Owen School of Management. Most of Sandi's career has been focused on technology sales and marketing as well as fund-raising and development for non-profits. Sandi's advocacy mission as a parent and community leader is to improve access to high-quality education for children from all socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.

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