When I joined GO, I was working with public education organizations across the country, and saw how much GO’s approach – providing information, empowering communities and advocating for better local policies – was needed everywhere. I was excited to spend more time working for families in Oakland, my adopted hometown. Now I’m at Educate78, and our work is very complementary with GO’s. We share the a mission of improving Oakland public education.
Why public education?
As the child of Chinese immigrants, I was raised to believe in the life-changing power of a good education. My parents worked multiple jobs so I and my siblings could attend excellent public schools. At the time, I wasn’t grateful for all their hard work, and even resented having to help my parents in their small business. But the moment my older son was born, I understood that intense desire to ensure that they have every possible opportunity in life. I know that all parents fervently want this, and want to make it possible for every family in Oakland.
My husband and I moved here in 2002. We wanted to start a family in a community with rich racial and ethnic diversity and culture, and found it here. I am inspired by Oaklanders’ passion, creativity, and boldness. And I love all the delicious food at farmers markets, restaurants, and food trucks.
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.