About Elaine Curran

Elaine joined the Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation as its first Executive Director in 2010, preparing its organizational strategy to improve the lives of at-risk youth in Santa Clara County. She developed the Foundation’s infrastructure, including grantmaking guidelines and organizational policies, and works directly with grantees to optimize their performance.

She served as President of Junior Achievement of Silicon Valley & Monterey Bay from 1999 to 2008, achieving 75% growth in student participants and 67% increase in annual revenue. Under her leadership, the organization ultimately served over 33,000 students in 150 schools, providing volunteer-led financial literacy, workforce readiness, and economic education programs.

She has an extensive background in public policy and service development with the City of Sunnyvale where she established a $3.5 million neighborhood multi-service center, Child Care Policy and Action Plan and oversaw the City’s human services grantmaking. She also held leadership positions with the NOVA Workforce Board, establishing a variety of employment training and workforce readiness programs.

In the community, she is long-time member of the Rotary Club of San Jose, currently serving as Vice Chair of the Foundation Board of Directors. She also founded the Club’s Ethics Committee, a partnership with San Jose State University’s MBA program. She recently joined the Board of Directors for Cristo Rey San Jose, a Catholic high school that prepares low-income, underachieving students for college. She also served as Vice Chair of the City of San Jose Early Care and Education Commission.

She earned an MA from Santa Clara University and BS from Illinois State University.