Brian is the executive director of the Oakland Public Education Fund. He has spent close to 20 years working in education with the mission of making sure Oakland’s public school students have the resources and opportunities to succeed.
Why public education?
My memories of school involve thoughtful, warm, kind teachers that believed in what I could do even if I wasn’t showing it. I had two teachers at Oakland High that put me on my current track and did more for me than they will ever know.
I moved to Oakland from San Francisco in middle school and have never left except for college at St. Mary’s. I am raising my family here and have zero chance of leaving. I love the community and the life here.
Favorite quote and why?
“Power without love is reckless and abusive, and love without power is sentimental and anemic. Power at its best is love implementing the demands of justice, and justice at its best is power correcting everything that stands against love.” – Martin Luther King Jr
I appreciate the relationship that it sets up between love, power, and justice. I think about folks that advocate hard for justice but struggle to find the power they need to transform that love. It’s a beautiful thing when we can help people realize they already have that power.