2019 Silver SPUR Awards: How Nínive Calegari Infuses Care into Education
October 28, 2019

The 2019 Silver SPUR Awards, held on October 22, recognized individuals whose achievements have made San Francisco and the Bay Area a better place to live and work.


Nínive Calegari is an educator, nonprofit cofounder, award-winning film producer, bestselling author and former classroom teacher. Nínive is currently the CEO of both Enterprise for Youth, where she trains and employs youth, and the Teacher Salary Project. Together with Dave Eggers, she cofounded 826 Valencia, which she helped grow from a local tutoring program into an influential education phenomenon that partners with schools, families and community organizations across the country. The 826 model has been duplicated more than 40 times internationally.

Nínive is coauthor of the best-selling book Teachers Have It Easy: The Big Sacrifices and Small Salaries of America’s Teachers and co-producer of the documentary film American Teacher, narrated by Matt Damon.She has a master’s degree from the Harvard School of Education and an honorary doctorate from the University of San Francisco. Nínive has received many accolades for her work, including George Lucas’s Daring Dozen, a Jim Henson community engagement award, two invitations to the White House and recognition from Nancy Pelosi, Gavin Newsom, Barbara Boxer and Gray Davis.


Learn about our other 2019 honorees:

How Michael Krasny's Storytelling Informs and Engages San Francisco

How Jane Graf Pursues Her Belief That Housing Is a Human Right

How Charles M. Collins Empowers Children From All Backgrounds


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