A True Collaborative Effort


The Big Lift was launched by the Peninsula Partnership Leadership Council (PPLC), a coalition of government, education, nonprofit, foundation and business leaders committed to improving the health and well-being of the children and youth in San Mateo County.  The PPLC first developed a bill of rights for the children and youth of San Mateo County that was later adopted as a statewide resolution.  Then the group turned its attention to making the bill of rights actionable in San Mateo County, focusing on the inflection point of third grade reading proficiency and its link to children’s success.  The PPLC named this initiative “The Big Lift.”


The Big Lift Leadership

Anne Campbell
San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools 

Carole Groom
President, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

Erica Wood
Chief Community Impact Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation


Strategy & Facilitation

Jane Gardner & Joe Rodriguez
Harbour Strategic Consulting


Program Implementation & Evaluation

Jean-Marie Houston
Former Director, Early Learning Support Services, San Mateo County Office of Education

Diana Harlick
Coordinator, Early Learning Quality Improvement Initiatives, San Mateo County Office of Education

Avo Makdessian
Director, Center for Early Learning, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Andrea Jones
Initiative Officer, The Big Lift, Center for Early Learning, Silicon Valley Community Foundation

Elisa Espinoza
Grants Coordinator, The Big Lift, Center for Early Learning, Silicon Valley Community Foundation  

The RAND Corporation


Finance Committee

Carole Groom
Sponsor, President, San Mateo County Board of Supervisors

Arne Croce
Co-Chair, Executive Director, Peninsula Family Service

John Maltbie
Co-Chair, County Manager, County of San Mateo 

Lauryn Agnew
Founder, Bay Area Impact Investing Initiative 

Michael Brownrigg
Managing Director, Total Impact Advisors

Anne Campbell
San Mateo County Superintendent of Schools 

Julie Cates
Partner, Silicon Valley Social Venture

Bob Falkenberg
Partner, Silicon Valley Social Venture

Cheryl Fama
CEO, Peninsula Health Care District

Michael Garb
Chair & Commissioner, First 5 San Mateo County

Rod Hsiao
Founder & CEO, InPlay

James Higa
Executive Director, Philanthropic Ventures Foundation

Kitty Lopez
Executive Director, First 5 San Mateo County

Lee Michelson
CEO, Sequoia Healthcare District

Marcia Pade
Partner, Silicon Valley Social Venture

Mark Wilson
Partner, Silicon Valley Social Venture

Erica Wood
Chief Community Impact Officer, Silicon Valley Community Foundation




We need to start early — even before kindergarten — to nurture children’s natural curiosity. It’s a first step in creating the skilled workforce that allows the U.S. to compete globally.
— Rick Stephens, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Boeing


Participating Organizations


AFSCME Council 57
Aim High
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Assemblymember Kevin Mullin
Assemblymember Phil Ting
Assemblymember Rich Gordon
Association of San Mateo County Superintendents
Bay Area Council
Bay Area Impact Investing Initiative
Bay Area Industrial Areas Foundation
Bay Area Legal Aid
Bay Area QRIS Coordinating Council
Bayshore Elementary School District
Bella Vista Foundation
Belle Haven Community Development Fund
Belmont Redwood Shores School District
Beth Am Congregation
Boys & Girls Club of the Coastside
Boys and Girls Clubs of North San Mateo County
Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula
Bring Me A Book
Brisbane Elementary School District
Building and Construction Trades Council
Burlingame Community Education Foundation
Burlingame School District
Cabrillo Education Foundation
Cabrillo Unified School District
California Governor's Office of Business & Economic Development
California State Controller Betty T. Lee
California State PTA
California State Senator Jerry Hill
California State Senator Mark Leno
Campaign for Grade-Level Reading
Canada College
Catholic Charities CYO
Child Care Partnership Council
Child Development Services
Children Now
City of Brisbane
City of Burlingame
City of Daly City
City of East Palo Alto
City of Foster City
City of Half Moon Bay
City of Menlo Park
City of Millbrae
City of Pacifica
City of San Carlos
City of San Mateo
City of South San Francisco
Coastside Children's Programs
College of San Mateo
Community Gatepath
Congresswoman Jackie Speier
Congresswoman Anna Eshoo
Controller Betty 
Corporation for National and Community Service
County of Alameda
County of San Mateo
County of Santa Clara
Daly City Partnership
Edventure More
Electronic Arts
Experience Corps Bay Area
Families for Literacy and Learning Wheels
Families in Schools
Family Connections
Family Engagement Institute


Fatherhood Collaborative of San Mateo County
First 5 San Mateo County
Fox Theater
Funding the Next Generation
Greenfield Learning Inc.
GreenLight Fund
Half Moon Bay Chamber of Commerce
Hands On Bay Area
Harbour Strategic Consulting
Harvard Kennedy School
Healthier Kids Foundation
Healthy Cities Tutoring
Heart of San Mateo County
Heising-Simons Foundation
Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley
IHSD/Head Start of San Mateo County
Jefferson Elementary School District
Jefferson Union High School District
Jewish Coalition for Literacy
Jewish Community Relations Council
Kaiser Permanente 
La Honda-Pescadero Unified School District
Lakeshore Learning Materials
Landscape Design
Las Lomitas Education Foundation
Latino Community Foundation
Lucile Packard Children's Hospital
McKinsey & Company
Menlo Park City Elementary School District
Menlo Park Parks and Recreation Commission
Menlo Park Presbyterian
Millbrae Elementary School District
Mills-Peninsula Hospital 
Notre Dame de Namur University
Nuestra Casa
Office of Supervisor Carole Groom
Office of Supervisor Dave Pine
One East Palo Alto
Pacifica School District
Parent Teachers Association; 17th District
Partnership for Children & Youth
Perry Foundation
Peninsula Clergy Network
Peninsula Conflict Resolution Center
Peninsula Covenant Church
Peninsula Family Service
Peninsula Family YMCA
Peninsula Health Care District
Peninsula Library System
Peninsula Literacy Coalition
Peninsula Temple Beth El
Peninsula YMCA
Pescadero Education Foundation
Philanthropic Ventures Foundation
Pierry Interactive
Portola Valley Education Foundation
Portola Valley Elementary School District
Project We Hope
Puente de la Costa Sur
Raising a Reader
Ravenswood City Elementary School District
Reading Bonanza in The Park
Reading Partners
Ready Nation California
Redwood City
Redwood City 2020
Redwood City Chamber of Commerce
Redwood City Library Foundation

Redwood City Parks
Redwood City Reads
Redwood City School District
Rocketship Education
Samaritan House
San Bruno Education Foundation
San Bruno Park Elementary School District
San Bruno Park School District
San Carlos Elementary School District
San Mateo City Library
San Mateo County Board of Education
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors
San Mateo County Chapter of California Reading Association
San Mateo County Commission on the Status of Women
San Mateo County Community College District
San Mateo County Department of Housing
San Mateo County Family Child Care Association
San Mateo County Health System
San Mateo County Human Services Agency
San Mateo County Library
San Mateo County Manager's Office
San Mateo County Office of Education
San Mateo County Probation Department
San Mateo County School Board Association
San Mateo County Sheriff's Office
San Mateo County Youth Commission
San Mateo Credit Union
San Mateo Labor Council
San Mateo Police Activities League
San Mateo Union High School District
San Mateo-Foster City Education Foundation
San Mateo-Foster City School District
San Mateo Village Schoolhouse
Santa Clara County Office of Education
SAP Software Solutions
Saving Pacifica Schools
Second Harvest Food Bank
Sequoia Health Care District
Silicon Valley Community Foundation
Silicon Valley Leadership Group
Silicon Valley Social Venture Fund (SV2)
Skyline College
Sobrato Foundation
South San Francisco Parks and Recreation
South San Francisco Public Library
St. Matthew's Episcopal Church
Stanford Graduate School of Business - ACT 
Stanford Graduate School of Education
Stanford John W. Gardner Center
Teachers AFT #3267
The Daly City Partnership
The Healthier Kids Foundation
The RAND Corporation
The Tipping Point Community
Third Sector Capital
Town of Atherton
Town of Hillsborough
United Way of the Bay Area
W.K. Kellogg Foundation
Wells Fargo
YMCA Camp Jones Gulch





Hundreds of organizations are involved.

Already, hundreds of organizations in the county are working together in support of The Big Lift. But we’ll need even more of the county behind it to ensure its success.