Why I GO
"None of us, individually or any organization, can do this work in a vacuum. In order to create and provide high quality schools for every kid in every neighborhood, a collaborative effort beyond just the school district, city council and community organizations is required. Everyone needs to step to the table and support the work."
David Castillo

David Castillo

Leadership Council

David spent his first five years out of college in the private tech sector before switching over to his passion, education. He has been a school leader for the past 10 years, including the last two years as the head of Urban Montessori Charter School in Oakland. David has held various education positions in the Bay Area as both an administrator and a teacher.

Why public education?

I am first generation college student to not only attend but graduate in my family. My parents were formally educated up until middle school and my work has always been about providing opportunities for individuals and families to have access to the power of education. It is what I have had the chance to experience through both the graduate and undergraduate level. One of the ways to transform our community is through education.

Why Oakland?

I love Oakland because it feels like home. I didn’t grow up here, but I feel a sense of community. I am passionate about the city, it’s politics, and it’s diversity. All those things drew me here, and are why I continue to stay. We live in such a diverse city, and the school I work at now is one of the few integrated schools.

What are your vices?

Mountain biking and beer, but at different times. That is my Yin and Yang.

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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