Our Team

Julie Kidd

Julie is the Executive Director at the Silver Giving Foundation. Before joining Silver Giving, Julie was a Program Officer at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, leading STEM Education grantmaking there. Julie has been a principal at The Parthenon Group, where she managed consulting projects for K–12 education organizations and other nonprofit, public, and private industry clients. She also previously worked as a consultant at Accenture and as a Program Manager for New Sector Alliance. Julie earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Human Biology from Stanford University, a Master of Arts degree from the Stanford School of Education, and a Master of Business Administration degree from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Julie serves on the Board of the National Writing Project.

Macy Parker

Macy is the Senior Program Officer at the Silver Giving Foundation. Macy previously served as a Senior Program Officer at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, where she oversaw the California State University’s New Generation of Educators Initiative for five years. Prior to that, she worked as the Managing Director of Programs for Citizen Schools California and taught middle and high school English in Brownsville, Brooklyn as a New York City Teaching Fellow. Macy earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Duke University, a Master of Arts in Teaching English from Brooklyn College, and a Master of Arts in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies from the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Sarah Grady

Sarah is the Program and Grants Manager at the Silver Giving Foundation. Prior to joining Silver Giving, Sarah was a Program Associate on the Education Team at the Heising-Simons Foundation, focusing on early math, governance, workforce and advocacy in early childhood education. Sarah previously worked in development and strategic planning at Council for a Strong America, where she managed board planning and engagement, corporate donor recruitment, and prospect identification. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Loyola University Chicago. Sarah serves on the board of the Hope Strengthens Foundation and is the co-chair of the steering committee for Emerging Practitioners in Philanthropy (EPIP) Bay Area.

Melinda Leung

Melinda is the Director of Finance at the Silver Giving Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, Melinda was the Director of Finance overseeing the day-to-day finance operations of 5 entities at Tides, managing over $400 million in revenue and supervising 20 staff members. She has also held finance management positions at Brandeis Hillel Day School, Presidio Graduate School, Kaiser Permanente, and Heald College. Melinda has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Accounting and a Master of Business Administration in Finance, both from Golden Gate University. Although Melinda’s background is in both the for profit and not-for-profit sectors, her goal is to continue to make a difference in the not-for-profit world.

Jane Lanza

Jane is the Office Manager at the Silver Giving Foundation. Prior to entering the non-profit world, Jane spent 20 years at IBM in high-level, large account marketing positions before taking the reins as business development executive at multiple Silicon Valley start-ups. Jane financed her education and graduated Com Laude from San Jose State University in 1982. Nominated to the Board of Membership of the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, Jane has over the last six years devoted her time and energy to serving the art institution and it’s mission to bring art and ideas into the community. She has held many leadership positions on the Board as well as co-chaired multiple fundraising events including DAVE, the 50TH Membership Anniversary Celebration, and Treasure Market 2009. Jane’s passion for art and art education in the community is served by Cantor’s Docent Education program which every year invites more than 5,000 school children across it’s broad, stone steps to enter a world of history, culture, and imagination.

Phil Halperin

As a founder of both California Education Partners and the Silver Giving Foundation, Phil Halperin has dedicated his career to the kids of California. His work has led him to champion efforts to empower and improve school districts, strengthen pre-school statewide, promote local investment in public schools, support teachers, and build robust and innovative partnerships that close opportunity gaps and help students stay on the path to success in college, career, and life. Phil earned his A.B. in Political Science from Stanford University and his MBA from Harvard Graduate School of Business Phil has also co-chaired six successful campaigns which have raised collectively over $4.0 billion for the public schools and children of San Francisco.