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The Jaquelin Hume Foundation engages in philanthropy by supporting free-market solutions to education reform. In this audio interview with Stanford Center for Social Innovation correspondent Ashkon Jafari, executive director Gisèle Huff talks about the foundation’s investment strategy and why innovation and technology initiatives are a big component of the organization's giving. She also discusses education reform, what improvements the for-profit market can bring to K-12 education, and where the challenges to America's school systems lie.
Gisèle Huff is the executive director of the Jaquelin Hume Foundation in San Francisco. After a decade in the business world, she earned a PhD in political science, with a concentration in political philosophy, at Columbia University. She has taught at Golden Gate University, Dominican College, and San Francisco University High School, where she also served as the director of development for twelve years. Huff is currently chairman of the board of Innosight Institute and treasurer of the board of the State Policy Network. She is the 2003 recipient of the Thomas A. Roe Award, presented annually to a person who has contributed significantly to the field of state-level public policy.