Why I GO
"GO creates space for honest, well-informed and respectful public dialogue; listens with deep curiosity; and helps move conversations toward constructive, inclusive solutions that can enable Oakland families, faculty, administrators and other key players to build and sustain great public schools that welcome all Oakland kids."
Zabrae Valentine

Zabrae Valentine

Leadership Council

Zabrae has been working to engage policy makers and the public in conversations to strengthen civic literacy and public policy for over 25 years, and currently provides strategic advising to initiatives in these areas. Since 2016, she has convened and facilitated the Economic Mobility Collaborative, an intentionally multi-partisan group of policy and political leaders who believe current barriers to economic security in CA present a critical threat to the state’s future both economically and socially, and who want to accelerate change that enables all Californians to be secure, feel valued, and thrive.

Why public education?

A great education for every single child is one of the most important investments we can make in our hyper interdependent society: It prepares each individual to access their best future (which every human deserves to do), and it seeds a secure, vibrant, resilient economy, and happy communities primed to meet and best challenges as they come—and they will come. It’s as important to each individual, and to every community, as the air we breathe. And that means it’s gotta be a public good.

Favorite Quotes:

You must do the things you think you cannot do –Eleanor Roosevelt; The truth will set you free – but first it will piss you off –Gloria Steinem

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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