Why I GO
“GO is advocating for high quality schools that are worthy of our children’s brilliance and that will stop compromising the dignity of many of our families. This is especially true for children of color furthest from opportunity, where an excellent education is the only lever that will lift them out of generational poverty.”
Maribel Gonzalez

Maribel Gonzalez

Leadership Council

Maribel Gonzalez is the Director of Community Partnerships and Policy at Educate78 in Oakland, California. Maribel started her career in education as a public school teacher in the Bronx, New York teaching 5 th /6 th grade bilingual for recent arrival children from Latin America. Most recently, she was the Deputy Director at Kids Coalition, an advocacy organization creating a kids-first agenda and a new right to a high quality public education for all students in Los Angeles. Previously, she was the California Managing Director at Students for Education Reform (SFER), where she led campaign development and trainings for college students to become grassroots organizers and fight for equitable schools and policies. Prior to SFER, she was the Program Manager at the Chamberlin Family Foundation where she led the advocacy and community engagement work for the foundation.

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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