Evan ’87 and Cindy Goldberg
I Choose Harvard...
Evan Goldberg ’87 learned early on about the power of education to open doors. A math whiz in elementary school, he studied computer programming in fifth grade, pursued his passions at Harvard College, and went on to build a successful Silicon Valley software company.
Now, Goldberg and his wife, Cindy, have established a scholarship fund to open doors for others. The Goldberg Family Cornerstone Scholarship, honoring Evan’s recent 25th Reunion, will support undergraduates from low-income backgrounds.
“Cindy and I believe strongly in the ability of education to change people’s lives,” notes Goldberg, founder and chief technology officer at NetSuite, a leader in cloud-based business management software.
“Creating this scholarship combines our desire to give back to Harvard and to support communities that have traditionally had limited access to education. We hope these students will go back to their communities and make a difference.”
Goldberg grew up in Lexington, Mass., and attended Phillips Academy Andover and Harvard—both with scholarship help. At Harvard, he concentrated in applied mathematics and particularly appreciated his classes in computation theory and complex analysis.
His “number-one extracurricular” was co-managing the late-night grille in Quincy House, where he lived. “We barely made enough to cover our salaries, but it was a good early experience in running a business, and it was great fun flipping burgers for all your friends.”
The Goldbergs, who live in Woodside, Calif., with their three children (ages seven to 13), admire Harvard for making college significantly more affordable for deserving students across the economic spectrum. “We love that Harvard is blazing the trail in financial aid,” says Evan, “and that other institutions are moving in the same direction.”