Small dedicated staff supporting thousands of families

Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Elginsmith

Rachel joined the BASIC Fund in 2009 after more than fifteen years of experience in firms spanning financial management, digital media, human resources and advertising. As the Senior Executive of the organization, Rachel manages our overall strategic direction, fiscal management, program design, donor relations, partnerships, and people management.

Rachel attended Pomona College in Claremont, CA for a Bachelors in Psychology. She resides in Oakland with her husband and two daughters. She enjoys spending her time open-water swimming and playing her cello.

Chief Advancement Officer

Christine Weiss

Christine transitioned from a career in financial services to the non-profit sector with board positions for an outdoor youth camp organization and a public school foundation. She is passionate about our mission to narrow the education inequality of youth and will focus on sharing our mission to new donors.

Christine is a Bay Area native and attended UC Santa Barbara for a Bachelors in Economics and Golden Gate University for an MBA. She lives on the peninsula with her husband and three daughters. Favorite pasttimes include exploring the wine country and visiting the coast.

Chief Operating Officer

Alejandro Nuño

Alejandro joined the BASIC Fund in 2005 as he aspires to help families make quality education a reality for their children. Having attended private school for K-12th grade, he understands the importance of a good education.

Alejandro earned a BA in International Relations from Syracuse University, and was on the men’s varsity soccer team. These days he enjoys spending time with his family and playing golf and footgolf in his spare time.

Programs Director

Carmen Martinez

Carmen has been with the BASIC Fund since 2001, and prior to that had worked with several non-profit organizations serving Bay Area residents. Carmen works directly with our families and has extensive ties with our schools.

Her dog, Mocha, is the best San Francisco tour guide and helps her find new spots in the city while taking their walking adventures.

Operations Assistant Manager

Roxana Landaverde

As a Bay Area native and product of an Oakland private school herself, Roxana finds it rewarding to aid families with a resource to obtain the same opportunities.

The past 7 years spent working at The BASIC Fund has been a gratifying experience.

Graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in History with a concentration in European Studies, she’s a devoted cinephile, reader, and sports fan. Go A’s!

Data and Research Manager

Matt Nosco

Raised by an educator, Matt has always believed in educational attainment and access for all.

He graduated from Iowa State University with a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication.

He has worked in support of equitable access to education as an AmeriCorps member and administrator, and in development in the Bay Area.

During his spare time, he enjoys story telling in all its forms, hiking, camping, and improv.

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Development and Marketing Sr. Associate

Jazmin Contreras

Passionate about education, Jazmin is a firm believer that where you are from should not determine the education and opportunities that you have access to. Every child deserves a solid education and Jazmin is grateful to be on a team that makes that possible.

She graduated from UC Riverside with a B.A. in Sociology and loves going to the beach on cloudy days.

Office Associate

Rosalva Melara

Rosalva comes to The BASIC Fund with a passion for education and a strong belief in the opportunities it unlocks in the lives of Bay Area children.

She graduated from San Diego State University with a B.S. in Business Administration with emphasis in Human Resources.

In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and spending times with her family and friends.


Our mission is to broaden the educational opportunities for low-income families around the Bay Area by helping them afford the cost of tuition at the private school of their choice.

Scholarships are available to students entering PreK-8th grade to attend private schools in all nine Bay Area Counties.

The BASIC Fund is a privately funded 501(c)3 organization.

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