Why I GO
"I believe that every student deserves a fair opportunity in life."
Marc Tafolla

Marc Tafolla

Director of Policy

Marc researches and talks to lots of people around Oakland to: (1) get a sense of what is working and what is not, (2) help GO set its policy agenda, and (3) figure out if there are opportunities to support educators and leaders in their work.

Why public education?

I knew that I wanted to be a high school teacher when I was still in high school. I had both experienced the power of teachers directly and was starting to understand more of our nation’s history of racial and class discrimination. I have also seen the power of educational justice in a way that works for students in my classroom and community.

Why Oakland?

I moved to Oakland in 2007 when I started working at the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights. I love the Oakland community. The history, diversity, and the sense of community are just amazing!

What are your vices?

Binge watching Netflix with my wife, ice cream, and tortilla chips.

 

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