Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Don Shalvey oversees the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation's efforts to advance college ready rates in states, school districts and networks of high performing charter schools. Prior to joining the foundation, Don was the founder and CEO of Aspire Public Schools. He has spent the past 40 years in public education where he is widely recognized as a leader in public school reform and the charter school movement.
Prior to founding Aspire, he served as the Superintendent of San Carlos School District, a district of 2,600 students and 6 elementary schools. Don sponsored the first charter school in California. The San Carlos Learning Center became a California Distinguished School and has since served as a model for many other charter schools. Don and Reed Hastings co-founded Californians for Public School Excellence, an organization that sponsored California's Charter School Initiative that led to the passage of AB544, the Charter Schools Act of 1998.
Don has served on various state committees, as a speaker and consultant to educational programs, school-to-career initiatives, community organizations and businesses throughout the western United States. Don earned a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership/Administration from the University of Southern California, a Masters of Education in Counseling and Guidance from Gonzaga University and a B.A. from LaSalle College.