Brian Stanley joined Hamilton Families in May 2018 with a deep passion for the Bay Area, children and their families. Brian had most recently served as the Executive Director for the Oakland Public Education Fund.
Why public education?
My memories of school involve thoughtful, warm, kind teachers that believed in what I could do even if I wasn’t showing it. I had two teachers at Oakland High that put me on my current track and did more for me than they will ever know.
I moved to Oakland from San Francisco in middle school and have never left except for college at St. Mary’s. I am raising my family here and have zero chance of leaving. I love the community and the life here.
Favorite quote and why?
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” – Martin Luther King Jr
I appreciate the relationship that it sets up between love, power, and justice. I think about folks that advocate hard for justice but struggle to find the power they need to transform that love. It’s a beautiful thing when we can help people realize they already have that power.
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.