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The Grimm Family Education Foundation is

a non-profit organization based in Bakersfield, California.

Working with students, teachers and parents, the Foundation supports initiatives to improve education and community wellness in Kern County.

Our Story

In 2011, the Grimm Family Education Foundation was founded, with the goal of identifying and implementing opportunities to improve student achievement, wellness and opportunity in Kern County.










To expand education and wellness across Kern County so that all will thrive and be successful in school and in life and to promote and support the Grow Public Schools' mission to offer a choice in educational opportunities.









Helping make vibrant communities in Kern County with our charter schools and Edible Schoolyard programs by closing the achievement gap, improving the health of students and families, and creating economic growth in the communities that we serve. By being fiscally responsible and innovative, we will broaden community impact through our programs, partnerships, research, fund development, and community outreach.



Our Team
Foundation Staff

Foundation Staff

Barbara Grimm Marshall

Founder and CEO

RJ Valentino


Jennifer Marcus

Office Manager

Dylan Wilson

Edible Schoolyard
Executive Director

Victoria Potter

Administrative Associate

Board of Directors

Barbara Grimm Marshall

Chairman of the Board
Founding President & CEO
Grimm Family Education Foundation

Sean McNally
Board Member

Chief Executive Officer

Houchin Community Blood Bank

Barry L. Goldner

Board Member

Klein DeNatale Goldner

Jim Camp

Board Member


S.A. Camp Pump Company

Catie Grimm Gardiner
Board Member

Advisory Council

David Franz
Education Partnership Director

City of Shafter

Patty Poire

Corporate and Public Affairs Grimmway

Keith Gardiner

Pacific Ag. Management

Sonya Christian

Bakersfield College

Melissa Merida
Project Coordinator

Community Development Tejon Ranch

Joe Colombo 
Vice President of Sales

Colombo Construction

Tricia Bland
LEAN Consulting

Kiyoshi Tomono
Vice President of Partnership

Adventist Health Bakersfield

Kyle Cornforth

Executive Director of Maker ED / ESY Curriculum Consultant 

Mikey Hay

Director of Comm. Affairs Jim Burke Ford

Morgan Clayton

President / Founder Tel-Tec Security Systems, Inc. 

Dr. John Stark

Interim Dean of CSUB / Professor of Management  


MacKenzie Communications

Young, Minney & Corr, LLP

The Napa Group

Panama Buena Vista Union
School District

Kern County Superintendent
Of Schools

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