Lisa Villarreal

Lisa Villarreal has since 2005 served as the Education Program Officer at The San Francisco Foundation—a significant funder of education work in the Bay Area. She has been an influential education leader at the local, state, and national levels, dedicating her life and career to improving the public education sector for over 30 years.

Villarreal began working in education as a teacher and then deepened her commitment to students and schools as a high school crisis counselor and administrator. She has worked at the preschool, elementary, middle, and high school levels, focusing on education reform through community school partnerships to improve conditions for learning for all students. Before joining The San Francisco Foundation, Villarreal served on the management team at the UC Davis School of Education, where she was Executive Director for the CRESS Center. Villarreal is also active on the advisory boards for numerous local and national education organizations.

Villarreal is a first-generation Mexican American and first-generation college graduate. She received a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Simpson University and a master’s degree in Education from San Francisco State University.