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It is with great pleasure that I introduce myself as the new CEO of RAFT, an organization that I have admired for many years, and now have the honor to lead into the future. Over the past several months I have expanded my understanding of RAFT through communications with the Board of Directors as well as former Executive Director Mary Simon. Given RAFT’s strong foundation, talented staff, dedicated members, and generous supporters, I am overwhelmed by the possibilities which await us.

For 20 years, RAFT has been dedicated to celebrating and supporting great teaching and I am committed to building upon Mary’s legacy to increase the impact we collectively have on the student experience. This is a pivotal time for education, and as a former teacher, I understand the importance of collaborating to achieve the greatest results. RAFT will continue to provide the resources, leadership, and support to inspire the next generation of thinkers, innovators, problem solvers, and creators.

Over the coming months please stay tuned for information on special gatherings that will give me the opportunity to meet you. In the meantime, if you have any ideas or just want to say hello, please don’t hesitate to give me a call or send a message. Thank you for being a part of RAFT.

Grainger Marburg, RAFT CEO

About Grainger Marburg
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Grainger has more than 20 years of combined experience in education, management consulting, philanthropy, and non-profit management. Grainger most recently served as the Executive Director of CFY – San Francisco Bay Area, a national nonprofit that helps students, teachers, and parents use digital learning to improve educational outcomes. Previously he was the Executive Director of Peninsula Bridge, a non-profit that serves motivated low-income middle school students. Highlights of his past experience include a two-year teaching assignment in Micronesia as a Peace Corps Volunteer, managing a comprehensive neighborhood improvement initiative in east San Jose with the former Silicon Valley Community Foundation, successfully turning around a local nonprofit, and serving as a high school English teacher. Grainger has a B.A. from Hampshire College and an Ed.M. from Harvard University.

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