Why I GO
I GO because I believe it takes a village to raise a child. Parents matter; teachers matter; aunties and pseudo-aunties matter; communities and
politicians matter. How we all show up for kids has a profound impact on all children and all of our shared home.
Vivian Valencia

Vivian Valencia

Senior Manager of Strategy, Talent, and Operations

Vivian sees herself as a bridge, global citizen, fierce learner of mercy, and product of Central Valley public schools – Merced, Atwater, Turlock.

Vivian’s career began in restorative justice work, accompanying people and communities through incarceration. Her experiences led her to law school and public defender work. She returned to the nonprofit sector through mission-driven global education and nonprofit consulting in Córdoba, Argentina. Living internationally taught her: how it feels to be an immigrant and the meaning of ¡lo siento!

As Senior Manager of Strategy, Talent, and Operations, her nonprofit, legal and intercultural experiences support GO’s impact on her home.

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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