Debbra’s experiences as a public high school English and Social Studies teacher, school site principals in both urban and suburban settings, Area Executive Officer, Superintendent of Schools, Vice President of Educational Services for a start-up software company and CEO of a national non profit give her perspectives on what it takes for all students to achieve at high levels. After graduating from Oakland High School, Debbra earned a BA in US History from Mills College. She continued her studies earning a MA degree and teaching credential from Stanford University and later a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from St. Mary’s College of California. During her time as high school principal in Oakland USD, she led a school transformation effort that doubled the number of the school’s graduates. As training division head for a construction management software company, she developed curriculum and training modules for clients and adult end users. As CEO of College Track, she scaled the organization nationally to New Orleans and San Francisco’s Bay View Hunter’s Point. Subsequently, Debbra led all secondary schools in Palo Alto USD and facilitated its A-G graduation policy campaign. Debbra is Superintendent, Emeritus of Emery USD. Debbra enjoys and now understands her husband’s obsession with Warrior basketball and relishes the time she spends with her sons and two grand daughters.
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.