FOUNDERS
& HISTORY
A photograph of Andy & Eva Grove taken a long time ago, they are sitting on a couchThe Grove Foundation was founded by Andy and Eva Grove, who came to this country as a refugee (Andy) and an immigrant (Eva). Andy grew up in Hungary and survived the holocaust by hiding his Jewish identity during the war; Eva left Austria with her family at age 3, after her father was rounded up with other Jews on Crystal Night, and fortunately released because the family had papers to leave the country. Eva grew up in Bolivia until her family moved to New York City when she was 18. Andy escaped his country in the wake of the failed Hungarian Revolution by crossing the border into Austria, where the International Rescue Committee helped him resettle in America.
Andy and Eva attended the City College of New York and Hunter College, respectively. They met and married in New York in 1958.
Andy went on to get his PhD in chemical engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, and then worked at Fairchild Semiconductor. In 1968 he participated in the founding of Intel, of which he became president in 1979 and CEO in 1987. He served as Intel’s board chair from 1997-2005. Andy passed away in 2016.
Photograph of Andy and Eva Grove standing; Andy's arm is around Eva and they are both smiling
Eva went on to earn her master’s in social work from Columbia University and has served in many volunteer and leadership capacities over time. She is currently Secretary of The Grove Foundation.
Both Andy and Eva found safety, support, acceptance and opportunity in the United States; but they also recognized that too many people are not treated as they were, especially Black, Indigenous, and other people of color, people with disabilities, and LGBT people. This recognition is a cornerstone of The Grove Foundation, which they founded together in 1986.