Providing a Quality Education for ALL Students

A good education unlocks opportunity, builds safer and more desirable neighborhoods, and is a sounder investment than paying to build more jails or warehouse more inmates.


A classroom can instill hope and empower young people with the belief that they can make a difference, and can train the next generation of Oakland’s leaders.


With sound critical thinking, a fearless commitment to excellence, and healthy community engagement every Oakland school can shine.


Improving Oakland schools requires three key things:
I.  Stabilizing schools through teacher retention. A focus on teacher compensation and professionalism will recognize the expertise of our teachers and create opportunities for betterment of their craft.

II. Empowering people in schools to make decisions about how to best serve the students in each school.


III. Improving systems at the district level in order to support and move more resources to the schools.

I have a strong track record of working for strong public services in Oakland, and I can be equally as effective on the School Board.


My Service to Oakland
I serve as the Vice Chair of the Oakland Library Advisory Commission, which advocates for strong and vibrant library services in Oakland.  In District 6, I am a founding member of the MLK Library Branch Friends, who raise money for programs and services at the MLK Branch.

I’m also currently a Commissioner on the Alameda County Human Relations Commission and a Board Member of La Raza Centro Legal, which provides free legal services to low-income seniors, immigrants, and workers.

Previously, I have also served as a volunteer with Oakland Animal Services.

I have a strong record of working for strong public services in Oakland, and it would be an honor to continue this lineage of work, and provide great solutions to the Oakland School Board.


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  • posted about this on Facebook 2014-02-22 12:57:04 -0800
    My beloved pal and Library Commission Vice Chair, Shanthi Gonzales, is running for Oakland School Board! Check her out!