Why I GO
"I believe all children deserve a quality education and all kids want a chance to learn. As the mom of two black girls who will soon attend OUSD, working for quality schools in Oakland is a personal passion. "
Amy Saxton

Amy Saxton

Leadership Council

Amy grateful to bring to GO her experience leading and growing a national nonprofit, Summer Search, that started here in the Bay Area and supports low-income high school kids to get to and through college. She is the is the Chief Executive Officer of Summer Search.

Why public education?

Public education provided a pathway to the middle class for my mom, the first in her family to go to college and an immigrant from Panama and my father, who grew up on a farm in the mid-west. My brother and I considered college a given because of them.

Why Oakland?

In 1999 I moved to the Bay Area from my hometown of LA for a job and fell in love. I stayed to pursue a MA in Education and MBA at Stanford. I’ve been proud to call Oakland home for nearly ten years and made the move from SF because I care about diversity and working in the community where I raise my kids.

What are your vices?

Binge watching Friday Night Lights while on maternity leave with our youngest. As Coach would say, “Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose.”

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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