ONE Orinda Welcomes Emily Allen

(Amelia Cassar, Phoyographer)
Orinda ONE welcomed Emily Allen to the team as executive director. Emily and Brad Allen have two daughters who attend Miramonte High School. Pictured (L-R) is Vivi Leach, Emily Allen, Brad Allen and Gemma Leach.

    The Orinda Network for Education (ONE), organized in Spring, 2020, welcomed Emily Allen to the team as executive director.
    ONE works with the Orinda Union School District, Acalanes Union High School District and parents’ clubs to distribute donated funds to various programs at each school. These contribute toward electives, teachers, emphasis area programs, teacher aids, guidance and wellness, technology, field trips and more.
    President of ONE, Brian Rogers, is happy to have Allen on the team.
    “We are so excited that she is going to bring her talent and experience to ONE, to help create and sustain high quality Orinda public schools,” said Rogers.
    Allen, who hails from Walnut Creek, said she’s always had her eyes on the schools in the area. She moved to Orinda to start a family with her husband and send their daughters to the local schools in order to receive quality education.
    To date, ONE has collected $4.6 million in donations from parents, businesses and community members.
    “To have Emily leading this and being able to really provide support and get that message out into the community of how important these dollars are and how well they are used in our schools, will guarantee a high quality, equitable experience for all of our Orinda students going forward,” Rogers added.
    Allen’s previous work includes fundraising, community leadership and non-profit management. She served as vice-president of development for Special Olympics Northern California. She related she’s always had an eye for fundraising from following her father’s work. He did fundraising in Oakland.
    ONE was created to fund more efficiently public schools within the area by having a group specifically set up to organize donations from parents, businesses and community members in Orinda.
    Allen has big plans and a passion for bettering the community through her new role at ONE.
    “I would love to start that conversation about how we can bring the community – as a whole – together to support our schools. Orinda is a fabulous town,” said Allen. “A lot of families are moving in so they can have their kids here. Let’s educate them as to why the schools are so great. It really comes back to the parents and the community.”

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