Milken Family Foundation
1250 Fourth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401-1353
Web Site: www.milkenscholars.org
Dr. Foley serves on the National Institute for Excellence in Teaching Advisory Council. NIET manages TAP™: The System for Teacher and Student Advancement, a comprehensive school-based reform to attract, retain, develop and motivate talented people to the teaching profession. She is senior advisor for the Lowell Milken Center, a Kansas-based initiative that supports projects aimed at teaching respect and understanding throughout America and the world.
From 2006 to 2010, she was senior advisor to former U.S. Secretary of Education Dr. William Bennett and led a team of Milken Educators to develop an online curriculum and advance the use of his American History books, America: The Last Best Hope, in schools across the country. From 2002 to 2007, Dr. Foley led a Foundation project to disseminate an interdisciplinary curriculum guide based on The Children of Willesden Lane, a World War II memoir by Grammy-nominated pianist Mona Golabek that serves as a rich learning resource for schools.
Dr. Foley was a public school educator for 24 years, serving at the elementary and high school levels as both teacher and principal. Before coming to the Foundation in 1998, she was principal of Flint Lake Elementary School in Indiana, which, under her leadership, attained state and national recognition in the areas of school restructuring, professional development, technology integration and student achievement. Dr. Foley received her Ph.D. from Purdue University, and her honors include the International Society of Educational Planning Outstanding Dissertation Award, Phi Kappa Phi Academic Honorary, and the 2011 Distinguished Education Alumni Award from Purdue University’s College of Education.
As director of the Milken Scholars Program, Dr. Foley provides guidance to the Scholars with respect to their academic and career goals, and oversees the selection and interview process for new Scholars as well as the planning of program events and activities.
He has served as chairman of the Hispanic Federation of New York; vice chairman of the Albert Oliver Program; co-chairman of De La Salle Academy; chairman of Hispanics in Philanthropy; trustee of the Inner City Scholarship Fund of the Archdiocese of New York; trustee of Lexington School for the Deaf; and a Governor-appointed member of the Jackie Robinson Commission. In 2005, he was the recipient of Reclaiming Youth International's prestigious Circle of Courage Award for a lifetime of work dedicated to youth.
As director of the Milken Scholars Program, Mr. Milken provides guidance to the Scholars with respect to their academic and career goals, and oversees the selection and interview process for new Scholars as well as the planning of program events and activities.