Partners in Education (PiE) Brings on Seasoned Fundraiser as New Executive Director

PALO ALTO, CA – October 1, 2015. Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE), is pleased to announce Linda Lyon as its new executive director.  PiE is the education foundation which provides funding for essential staff and initiatives to PAUSD.  Lyon brings a wealth of nonprofit experience, most recently as the executive director of the South Bay Division of the March of Dimes.

PiE organized a search committee in May 2015 for a new Executive Director with the announced departure of its then Executive Director, Kathy Schroeder.  “Kathy was instrumental in PiE’s success over the past five years and we wish her all the best in her transition to Oregon.  Kathy remains a supporter of PiE and a friend to our community” stated Missy Reller, Executive VP of PiE.

The Search Committee was charged with finding a seasoned, passionate leader to join PiE.  “We are excited to welcome Linda Lyon as the new Executive Director,” said PiE Board President, Asha Guha.  “Linda will bring breadth and depth of nonprofit experience to PiE as well as strong leadership. Her commitment and enthusiasm for our mission will ensure that PiE can continue to help all of our students thrive.”

Linda is an experienced nonprofit executive, who brings more than 13 years of fundraising experience, much of it here in Palo Alto and on the Peninsula with organizations such as Ronald McDonald House, Achieve Kids, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and Second Harvest Food Bank, in addition to her regional Executive Director experience with March of Dimes.

“I am thrilled to be joining an organization with such a vital local impact,” Lyon said. “PiE’s decade of success illustrates our incredible partnership with the community and how it strengthens Palo Alto schools. I look forward to PiE’s next 10 years and being a part of its growth and innovations.”


Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education foundation dedicated to supporting all Palo Alto public schools. Through PiE’s partnership with parents, the school district, community members and businesses, PiE raises funds that give all students in PAUSD the best education possible. Since PiE’s inception in 2004-05, it has donated almost $35 million to Palo Alto schools. Learn more about PiE by visiting the Palo Alto Partners in Education website:

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