Why I GO
The world is changing faster than ever, and an equitable and effective education is the key to all of our futures.
Tom Sayer

Tom Sayer


Tom is head of Global Adoption and Impact Programs at Google for education, and is focused on helping to ensure that technology leads to impact. This involves working with teachers & leaders globally, and helping them develop, share and collaborate with each other across every element of school change; from vision and culture, to community and professional development.
Prior to joining Google, Tom taught, was a product manager at a fin-tech startup in London, and an intelligence officer in the military.  He also co-founded and sold an ed tech company that used computer vision to improve the engagement of students with online content. In his spare time he’s a mentor in the Big Brothers program, runs his mini-golf course in Cambodia from afar, and wishes he could still play rugby. Tom earned a Bachelors in Math and Psychology from the University of Cambridge, and an MBA and Masters in Education from Stanford University.

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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