Why I GO
I agree with Arne Duncan who said that "the difference between a life of promise and a life of peril hinges not on a student's potential, but on the quality of the local pubic school." Underperforming schools and poor quality education are solvable problems. GO is doing something to help solve these problems. And that is why I continue to support GO.
Andrea Somerville

Andrea Somerville

Advisory Board

Somerville Consulting Firm works in partnership with nonprofits, foundations, and social impact businesses to improve their efficacy and impact. Andrea Somerville, Principal Consultant and Founder of SCF, is skilled in strategic thinking and planning and helps her clients create strategies that bridge the gap between vision and goals and develop action plans that bring those strategies to life.

Andrea provides a range of support, including helping organizations design and implement fundraising strategies and capital campaigns, refine organizational strategic direction, launch new program initiatives, and build high-functioning, effective boards.

Prior to launching her consulting practice, Andrea spent five years a Director of Development, designing fundraising strategy and overseeing implementation for three robust funding programs.

A trained attorney, Andrea spent six years litigating business and employment disputes, as well as providing advice and counseling to Fortune 500 corporations. After practicing law, Andrea spent two years traveling extensively throughout South America, volunteering and learned Spanish.

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.



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