Madeline Burchard has joined the Board of the Livermore Valley Education Foundation (LVEF).

Madeline is a native of the East Bay. She is an alumna of Deer Valley High School where she earned the distinction of National Hispanic Scholar from the College Board. She went on to earn a degree in Molecular Environmental Biology from U.C. Berkeley and expects to graduate in 2017 with a Master’s degree in Organismal Biology, Ecology, and Conservation from San Jose State University.

Since teaching Introductory Biology as a graduate student, Madeline has held various roles in the field of informal education, especially with under resourced youth. Before joining Sandia, Madeline ran afterschool STEM-themed programs in East Oakland high schools and coordinated nature-themed field trips for Title 1 schools across the East Bay.

Madeline currently serves as the Community Relations Officer for the California site of Sandia National Laboratories. Even though she is no longer working daily at schools, supporting education is still her passion.

“I come from a family of teachers and professors,” she says. “My grandmother taught high school Spanish in San Francisco. I have an aunt that is an elementary teacher, an uncle that is a UCSF professor, and the list just goes on and on.

"My family raised me to see quality education as a civil right and as a pathway for empowering yourself and your community. They also pushed me to see education as not just what you do while you are in the classroom. Education is a lifelong dedication to expanding yourself intellectually. It goes beyond the school day.”

Madeline started working with LVEF as part of her capacity as the Sandia/California Community Relations Officer and fell in love with LVEF’s commitment to funding innovative and high-impact educational programs.

Madeline lives in Dublin with her wife, Kathryn Hunts, and her rescued mutt, Roxie.