About Us

History & Mission

Founded in 1989, the Charlotte Local Education Foundation (CLEF) is a non-profit, 501 (c)(3) organization that brings our community together for the investment of advancing student learning and teacher leading. By increasing public awareness and inspiring community and business support for programs focused on learning, literacy, and leadership, CLEF continues to be a community catalyst and convener around innovation in student learning.

CLEF works in partnership with the community and businesses to bring critical resources that are not funded by normal tax revenues to help students succeed in their academic and personal achievements. These needs are met through student scholarships, mentoring and dropout prevention strategies, free school supplies for low-income students, teacher quality and recognition programs, classroom grants, literacy improvement strategies, technical/career education initiatives, and targeted support for low-performing students and schools.


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Board of Trustees

Douglas Tucker

Mark Vianello
CCPS Superintendent

Cara Reynolds
School Board Chair

Douglas Tucker
Community Representative.


Lisa Baird, Treasurer
CeJay Websites & Photography

Donna Holland, Secretary
Suncoast Credit Union

Candace Kellogg
Community Representative

Kreg Mahue
DMK Associates


Sara Perri
Charlotte State Bank & Trust

Genny Ramachandran
Michael Saunders & Co.

Ricardo Terrazas
Achieva Credit Union

Joe Paterno
Community Representative

Daniel Washington
Executive Director


Board meetings and Executive Committee meetings are now held via Zoom.

  • Board meetings are held on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 4:30pm (except December and July) via Zoom, unless otherwise noted.
  • Executive Committee meetings are held the 4th Tuesday of each month at 4:30pm (except July, November, and December) via Zoom, unless otherwise noted.
  • All meetings are open to the public
  • Any disabled individual who needs reasonable accommodations for meetings may contact the Educ. Foundation office, 941.255.7500 x1798, prior to the meeting date.

The Giving Partner

We are registered with The Giving Partner, a collaborative partnership between the Gulf Coast Community Foundation, the Community Foundation of Sarasota, Manatee Community Foundation, and the Patterson Foundation. It is your source for knowledge about charitable nonprofits in Southwest Florida. For more information, click here.

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Board Meetings Schedule
1st Wednesday of each month, 4:30 pm

NOTE: No meeting in July and December

July 18, 2023
August 2, 2023
September 6, 2023
October 4, 2023
November 1, 2023
January 17, 2024
February 7, 2024
March 6, 2024
April 3, 2024
May 1, 2024
June 5, 2024
Executive Committee Meetings Schedule
4th Tuesday of each month, 4:30 pm

NOTE: No meetings in July & December

August 22, 2023
September 26, 2023
October 24, 2023
November 28, 2023
January 23, 2024
February 20, 2024
March 26, 2024
April 23, 2024
May 21, 2024
June 25, 2024