The Victoria Independent School District Education Foundation has a new executive director, according to a VISD news release.
Robin Harkey’s first day with the education foundation will be June 5.
Harkey previously worked as the grant development coordinator for the University of Houston-Victoria, where she helped secure more than $1 million in funding for research and programs at the university.
She also oversaw fundraising and grant writing as the executive director of the Kleberg County Pregnancy Resource Center and has experience as a classroom teacher and an extensive research background, according to the news release.
Harkey has a bachelor’s degree in biology from Texas State University and a bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Texas A&M University and is currently pursuing a master’s degree in adult education from the University of Houston-Victoria.
Harkey has built relationships in the community through her volunteer work with organizations that serve both youth and adults. She has a passion for helping people and organizations grow in both depth and purpose, according to the news release.
“I have found that when you can work together and inspire the best out of someone, whether it be a donor, a volunteer, a co-worker, or friend, it makes all the difference,” Harkey said. “Likewise, education is a powerful vehicle, but we must leverage it in positive, efficient and life-changing ways to see and experience tremendous gains in our community.”
The Victoria ISD Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax-exempt organization that shares a vision of enhancing education in Victoria public schools by working to increase private support for educational activities, supporting activities not funded by tax dollars, fostering creative approaches to education through private grants and involvement and awarding Foundation funds through a volunteer Board of Directors made up of business, community and educational leaders.
“I am eager to join the education foundation in this mission to reach new levels of program development, to help students, teachers, and our global economy as we bring to life the unique power of the person as they come to embrace their life’s purpose and grow in the direction of their dreams,” Harkey said.
Education Foundation Board President Gloria Gonzalez added, “We have high expectations on how the foundation works to advance education in VISD. We look forward to Mrs. Harkey utilizing her experience to successfully develop additional opportunities within the community.”