Why public education?
Growing up, after several moves, I was fortunate that my family settled for my formative years in a school district with supported, well-trained, and passionate teachers in a fiercely pro-education community that revolved around its schools. In my mind, this has always been the prototype for what a school should look and feel like. A student focused and constantly improving public school system plays such a massive role in preparing our children and young people for life. All efforts must have that as the end goal.
My family and I relocated to the Bay Area in 2013 and Oakland in 2015. It is a city that I have always been fascinated by and one I believed I would live in at some point of my life. We, as a family, value diversity and feel most comfortable in rich diverse environments. We have that in loads here in Oakland, and I think all residents are made better by it.
What are my vices?
I really enjoy working out, and it’s a big part of my life. This is important because I have an extreme weakness for Oakland’s own Angel Cakes’ cupcakes. I can’t get enough of them!
The members of our Leadership Council are Oakland natives, residents, parents, grandparents, former teachers, principals, and alumni of Oakland public schools. Our leaders have deep connections to Oakland and strong backgrounds in education. The Leadership Council supports and guides our work in the best interest of Oakland students.