Executive Director, Oracle Corporation Foundation
Colleen Cassity is Executive Director of the Oracle Education Foundation (OEF), a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle and committed to helping students develop the technical acumen, creative confidence, empathy, and grit to become outstanding designers of solutions to people’s needs and the world’s problems. OEF’s program engages Oracle employees as volunteer instructors, who coach high school students through multi-day workshops at the intersection of STEAM disciplines and design thinking. Workshops teach coding, electronics, and project management. Workshops culminate in design challenges in domains such as wearable technology, Internet of Things, and data visualization. Students use their new skills and knowledge, plus design thinking, to prototype solutions for real users.
In addition to managing OEF, Colleen oversees Oracle Giving, which annually donates approximately US$20 million in cash to nonprofit organizations around the world working to advance Education, protect the Environment, and enrich Community life.
Colleen also directs the Oracle Volunteers program, through which 30,000+ employees in 45 countries annually donate more than 116,000 hours to 500+ nonprofits working in Education, Environment and Community.
She is editor of the biennial Oracle Corporate Citizenship Report and supervises external reporting on corporate social responsibility (CSR), including philanthropy, volunteerism, and sustainability.
In 2014, Colleen was the inaugural recipient of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s Practitioner of the Year award, given to an individual who exemplifies best practices and leadership in corporate philanthropy and/or CSR.
Prior to joining Oracle in 2000, Colleen helped found Juma Ventures, a San Francisco social enterprise recognized as a model for improving the life prospects of low-income, high-risk youth.
She is an equestrienne, an aviatrix, and an outdoors enthusiast.