Ira Birnbaum

Chairman, Co-Founder


Ira, a native of Brooklyn, New York, moved to San Mateo after living in Southern California for some time, to raise his three daughters. After seeing some of the inequality and injustices within his own community he was inspired to start the San Mateo Youth Foundation. Ira is proud that the SMYF has “leveled the playing field” and helped dozens of students each year achieve higher education.