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Dr. Don Shalvey

President & CEO, San Joaquin A+

Deputy Director (Ret.) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

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Dr. Don Shalvey is the CEO of San Joaquin A+.  He has spent the past 50 years in public education, where he is widely recognized as a leader in public school reform and the charter school movement.  From 2009 to 2020, Don served as a Deputy Director for K-12 Education at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, where he oversaw charter schools, teacher preparation, and school and system leadership.  During this period, he supported and developed 37 Program Officers and administered grants in excess of 800 million dollars.


In 1992, Don served as Superintendent of the San Carlos School District, where he sponsored the first charter school in California.  The San Carlos Charter Learning Center became a California Distinguished School and has since served as a model for many other charter schools.  Dr. Shalvey is a frequent advisor to policy makers, practitioners and authorizers of charter schools across the nation.  In 2002, the prestigious Ashoka Foundation recognized Don as a Fellow for his outstanding work as a social entrepreneur. 


Don earned a Doctor of Education degree in Educational Leadership & Administration from the University of Southern California, a Master of Education in Counseling and Guidance from Gonzaga University, and a B.A. from LaSalle College.

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