​​Candy Capogrossi has worked in the field of housing for more then 35 years.  She has a BA from Ithaca College majoring in Theater and English​.  Her career included teaching in an elementary school, Case Manager at a group home for teenage young women, House Parent at a Residential Treatment Center for emotionally disturbed children.  She served as Deputy Executive Director of Santa Clara Housing Authority retiring in 2010 after 32 years.  She has served as an Executive Officer of several Board of Directors including Emergency Housing Consortium, Catholic Charities, and Pacific Regional National Association. She is a mother, a grandmother, and has a bonus daughter and granddaughter from a previous foster relationship.  Believing that education is still the path to self actualization and independence, she is pleased to serve on the board of FEOF.

Candace Capogrossi

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Our Mission

Fostering Educational Opportunities Foundation believes in the power of education and has made available financial grants for former foster students pursuing a higher education or training program.  Become a part of this transformative organization and help change lives!

Deborah, a former foster parent, is a retired public administrator who worked for several cities including San Jose, Campbell, West Sacramento, Sacramento and Vacaville in a managerial capacity.  She received her undergraduate degree from San Jose State University and her Master of Public Administration from the University of Southern California. She is also a licensed California Real Estate Broker.  Deborah believes that education is the best way for a foster child to build a successful and financially independent future.

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Lupe Aguinaga
Lupe Aguinaga is a finance professional who has worked in local government her entire career.  She earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from San Jose State University. She was born, raised, and continues to reside in San Jose, California. Lupe has served on various boards that are part of her personal and professional communities.
Lupe strongly believes in the power of young people who strive to make the world a better place. This path begins with completing higher education to begin the formation of a base for life-long involvement in improving our community and contributing to the achievement of
individual goals for the betterment of each succeeding generation.

Deborah Reichling

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Our team works tirelessly developing programs that result in meaningful change. And that change is what leads step by step into a brighter future.

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