Leadership Transition

On behalf of the First Graduate® Board of Directors, I’m sharing an update on the leadership of First Graduate.

Jose Rivas has decided to spend more time with his family; therefore he’s made the difficult decision to step down as Executive Director. Jose will act as First Graduate’s Controller  through the end of 2019.

Jose has made significant contributions to the organization; please join me in thanking Jose for his service and wish him the best.

We didn’t need to look far for our next Executive Director. The Board and I are pleased to elevate Terri Forman, currently Senior Director, Philanthropy and Marketing, to our next Executive Director.

Terri has served First Graduate® since September, 2012, primarily focusing on Development and Marketing Communication. She has also developed meaningful relationships with donor investors, corporate and foundation allies, and community partners.

Her prior work includes leadership roles at the Peninsula Jewish Community Center, the Unity Council, MentorNet, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League, Congregation Emanu-El, and United Way Bay Area.

This appointment is effective June 1st 2019.

Please also join me in congratulating Terri for her elevation.

Thank you for your continued support. Together we’re making a big impact in changing the trajectory for first generation students in our San Francisco.


Dave Marsey
Board President
cc: First Graduate® Board of Directors

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