Eli and Edythe Broad

Eli and Edythe Broad are the founders of The Broad Foundation, a national entrepreneurial philanthropy that seeks to dramatically transform American urban public education so that all children receive the skills and knowledge to succeed in college, careers and life. The Broad Foundation’s mission is to dramatically transform urban K-12 public education through better governance, management, labor relations and competition. Since 1999, The Broad Foundation has provided nearly $400 million to significantly improve student achievement in urban areas by creating and supporting strong leadership, school district efficiency, competition, best practices and teacher quality. The Broads have been instrumental in bringing positive education reforms to Los Angeles Unified School District including helping the Los Angeles charter school community grow to serve more students than any city in the country.

The Broads received the Legacy Award at the 20th Annual Charter Schools Conference. The Legacy Awards were created to celebrate those outstanding charter school supporters, funders, operators and elected officials who have been stewards of the movement over the last 20 years. Each Legacy Award winner represents the hope and dedication of two generations of California Charter School students.