Executive Director, Oracle Education Foundation, Oracle Giving and Oracle Volunteers
Colleen Cassity is the Executive Director of the Oracle Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization funded by Oracle and committed to re-inventing education. The Foundation’s mission program engages Oracle employees as volunteer curriculum developers and instructors, who coach high school students through immersive, multi-day workshops at the intersection of STEAM disciplines — science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Workshops teach coding, electrical engineering, project management, data analysis and visualization. Each workshop opens into a design challenge in a particular domain, such as wearable technology or facility automation, and focuses on solving problems for real users. The problem-solving approach is design thinking, also known as user-centered design.
Colleen also oversees Oracle Giving, the company’s global grant-making program, which in FY16 donated US$17 million in cash to nonprofit organizations around the world to advance Education, protect the Environment, and enrich Community life.
Additionally, Colleen leads the global Oracle Volunteers program. In FY16, more than 27,000 employees in 45 countries donated over 116,000 hours to 522 nonprofits and nongovernmental organizations working in the same three areas that Oracle Giving supports – Education, Environment and Community.
Colleen serves as the editor of Oracle’s biennial Corporate Citizenship Report and leads external reporting on corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, volunteerism and sustainability.
In 2014, Ms. Cassity was the inaugural recipient of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation’s “Practitioner of the Year” award, given to an individual who provides a gold-standard example for best practices and leadership in corporate philanthropy and/or corporate responsibility.
Colleen joined Oracle in late 2000. Prior to that, she helped found Juma Ventures, one of San Francisco’s seminal social enterprises, now recognized as a national model for improving the life prospects of low-income, high-risk youth. Having spent equal time in the nonprofit sector and in industry, Colleen describes her career as having always been, “one foot on Market Street, one foot on Mission Street.” She sees tremendous power in combining the best practices of both.
The beneficiary of an undergraduate scholarship from the aerospace company, Raychem, where she also interned in Community Relations during college, Colleen is delighted to have come full-circle, and be in a position to help others through her Corporate Citizenship role at Oracle.
Outside of work, Colleen is an equestrienne, an aviatrix, and a passionate outdoors enthusiast. However, she doesn’t make a big distinction between her professional and personal life. She says, “I do what I am, and I am what I do. Anyone who can say that has got to be humbled by how lucky they are.”