Raymonde Charles, our newest addition to our state-level team, has joined GO Public Schools as Senior Communications Director.
Prior to GO, Raymonde served as Deputy Press Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education. She provided strategic communications guidance and support to U.S. Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. and his predecessor Arne Duncan, as well as other senior staff. She also has served as press secretary for the Children’s Defense Fund, the northeast Ohio regional press secretary for the Obama for America campaign, and press secretary for U.S. Congressman David Cicilline. Raymonde has a bachelor’s degree from Rhode Island College.
Raymonde is excited to contribute to GO’s message and help share our work with others. “I am deeply dedicated to expanding equity and opportunity in education for all students and look forward to supporting GO’s work on behalf of California’s children,” she said. Raymonde’s experience in communications and education will help us connect with larger audiences moving forward.
Raymonde is the latest addition to GO, which continues to expand its reach in California. Other recent hires include Diego Arambula as Entrepreneur-in-Residence on our state-level team exploring partnerships and opportunities in the Central Valley. Diego, a Fresno native, was the chief growth officer for Summit Public Schools before joining the GO California team. Prior to this, Arambula was a principal at Summit Public School: Rainier as well as a teacher at Summit Prep.
“I am deeply dedicated to expanding equity and opportunity in education for all students and look forward to supporting GO’s work on behalf of California’s children,” – Raymonde Charles, Senior Communications Director
Nima Tahai and Angela Badami-Knight also joined the GO Oakland team as Director of Education Leadership and Manager of Educator Community, respectively. Previously, Nima served as principal of Garfield Elementary for six years and vice principal of Sequoia Elementary School in the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). Nima was also a program director at Teach for America – Bay Area. Angela, who has been a part of the GO team for four years, previously served as GO’s part-time manager of teacher leadership. She was a special education teacher at Westlake Middle School for nine years. She also served as an Oakland Education Association representative for three years and is a former member of the union’s executive board.
Finally, GO West Contra Costa added Maribel Lopez as Director of Community Leadership. Maribel, a Richmond-San Pablo native, served as head of talent for Teach for America prior to coming to GO. She also was a bilingual teacher in the West Contra Costa Unified School District where she was recognized as teacher of the year in 2015.
We are proud of the extraordinary talent coming together within GO to help develop the leadership our communities need to ensure equity and excellence in California public schools.