Why I GO
Education is the key to providing our students with the opportunities that they deserve. As a former Title I student and educator, I strongly believe that the voices and perspectives of students, families, and communities hold power and should be heard.
Mariko Kawashima

Mariko Kawashima

Senior Manager of Development

Mariko is entering her 7th year of working in education. Born and raised in Northern California, Mariko attended California public schools and eventually graduated from Portland State University where she played for their NCAA volleyball team. After graduating from college, Mariko joined Teach For America where she taught middle school science in Jacksonville, Florida. Prior to joining GO, Mariko served as the Manager of External Affairs for the Teach For America-California Capital Valley Team in Sacramento.

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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