Profiles: PiE Staff
PiE is a non-profit educational foundation run by a Board of Directors of dedicated parent and community volunteers with professional expertise in a variety of areas, including fundraising, finance, development, business, and marketing. Strong supporters of Palo Alto’s public schools, PiE Board Members understand that a public education is free, but a great education is not.
Linda Lyon – Executive Director
Linda Lyon has an extensive background in nonprofit fundraising and management. Before joining the team at PiE, Linda lead the South Bay Division of California for the March of Dimes, expanding their fundraising and surpassing revenue targets. When Linda opened the Palo Alto office of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, she worked with technology companies to develop new applications to better locate and protect children and to reduce the risk of exploitation online. She successfully forged partnerships with many companies including Palantir, Google, Facebook, Twitter, MeetMe, Tagged, Stanford University’s School of Engineering and LinkedIn.
Linda spent five years heading the Development Department for Ronald McDonald House at Stanford, growing their budget annually and initiating their $40 million capital campaign. She previously honed her skills at Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and at AchieveKids, a non-public school for children with severe developmental and emotional disorders.
Before moving into the nonprofit sector, Linda worked in entertainment, technology and fashion, including at her own millinery company.
Emily Jaquette – Deputy Director
Emily Breuner Jaquette was raised in the East Bay, but has lived on the Peninsula for more than 20 years, Palo Alto for 15. She has served as the Auditor and Treasurer for the Palo Verde PTA and served as Treasurer for several other non-profit organizations of which she is or has been a member. Emily’s work career has focused on business systems, enterprise performance management reporting, data warehousing, and analytics — a profession she practiced at Silicon Graphics, Webvan, eBay and most recently Intuit. She has a B.A. in Economics from Stanford and a M.S. in Management from MIT.
Aisha Rengan – Development and Campaign Manager
Aishwarya Rengan grew up in Ann Arbor, Michigan, and has been living in the Bay Area for 17 years. She worked as medical device quality engineer with a focus in risk management. She is also passionate about education and as such taught middle school math and science. Aishwarya continues to foster her love of education by teaching Math Olympiad at her local elementary school.
Aishwarya is heavily involved with her local schools. She has served as the VP of memberships as well as the secretary for the local elementary PTA board member and volunteers in the classroom. Aishwarya’s educational background is in chemical engineering and math. She holds a B.S.E. in ChE from University of Michigan and and M.S. in Industrial Mathematics from Michigan State University.
Development & Campaign Manager