Oakland Police Department
Captain LeRonne Armstrong joined the Oakland Police Department in 1999, after spending four years with the Alameda County Probation Department. He has had several assignments during his career, starting in Patrol as an officer and later as a supervisor. Captain Armstrong has worked in the Problem Solving Officer Unit and in the Criminal Investigation Division; he supervised the Gang Intelligence Task Force, served as Watch Commander, Commander of the Youth and School Safety Section, he and is currently assigned as the Area 4 Commander. He is also a POST-certified instructor, currently teaching agency-wide classes in Procedural Justice and Police Legitimacy. Captain Armstrong is one of the original officers assigned to work on the Ceasefire Strategy in 2006, and he continues to work on that initiative.
An Oakland native, Captain Armstrong has been the subject of multiple news articles and is currently President of the Oakland Black Officers Association. He is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento, with Bachelor of Science degree in Criminal Justice and a graduate of the Modesto POST Leadership School.
Dept. of Human Services, City of Oakland
Sara Bedford, Director of the City of Oakland’s Department of Human Services, provides Oakland’s most vulnerable residents with services from Head Start to Senior Centers to supportive housing for the homeless. She was formerly the Policy and Planning Manager for the Department of Human Services where she was responsible for planning, legislation, funding and program development activities for the Department. Her unit was also the the lead agency for violence prevention work in the City, including the $6 million in program services under Measure Y, the Violence Prevention and Public Safety Act of 2004. In her 20 years with the City of Oakland, she has focused on human services and youth development and been responsible for a variety of programs and initiatives including the implementation of the City’s multi-million dollar general fund, the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth an the development of City’s Homeless Plan. In 2003, she was awarded Employee of the Year from the City of Oakland. She has also worked as a consultant in planning and evaluation for a number of Bay Area nonprofits. Prior to working in Oakland, she served as a research analyst for Human Services Research Institute in Cambridge, MA, in the area of family support and community placement for people with developmental disabilities.
She holds a Master degree in Public Policy from the Goldman School at UC Berkeley and a Bachelor degree in Psychology and Political Science from Yale University.
Janis Burger is the CEO of First 5 Alameda County.
Through her leadership at First 5 Alameda County, Janis works with county agencies, community colleges, school districts and community organizations to develop an integrated, cross-discipline approach to the complex needs of children and families.
She was an appointed as the Chief Executive Officer in 2014 after serving as the Deputy Director for 14 years.
Prior to working with First 5 Alameda County she worked for Alameda County Health Care Services Agency with a focus on maternal, child and adolescent health within a context of systems change. Her early years focused on developing and funding comprehensive community based strategies to reduce the high rates of infant mortality within the African American population.
Janis has also served on the board of New Field Foundation since 2003 and is involved with a variety of State and National organizations working to improve outcomes for young children and their families.
Janis Burger received her MPH from UC Berkeley School of Public Health.
Annie Campbell Washington
City of Oakland
Annie Campbell Washington is a Councilmember in the City of Oakland, District 4.
As a public servant in Oakland, she has held a variety of leadership roles, including Chief of Staff to Mayor Jerry Brown, Chief of Staff to Mayor Jean Quan, Assistant to three City Administrators, Chief of Staff to the Fire Chief, and Budget and Policy Analyst. In addition to her work in Oakland, she also served as the Director of Operations & Special Projects at the Stuart Foundation in San Francisco and as Executive Director of the I Have A Dream Foundation in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Before being elected to City Council, Annie was the District 4 School Board Member for the Oakland Unified School District. As a School Board member, she worked with her colleagues to reduce central administration costs in favor of more funding for individual schools, recruited and hired a new Superintendent with concrete experience in turning around failing middle and high schools, and supported the District’s efforts to increase graduation rates by sustaining high school academies.
Councilmember Campbell Washington holds a Master of Public Policy from the Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management/Graphic Communications Management from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Alameda County Supervisor
County of Alameda
Supervisor Wilma Chan has been a strong advocate for children and families for over 35 years. She served as the first woman Majority Leader of the California State Assembly and she authored historic legislation to end the practice of hospitals overcharging uninsured and underinsured patients and to cover California’s 800,000 uninsured children. She won approval of $100 million to expand State Preschool and fought successfully to maintain the state’s Master Plan for college student access. It was her bill that in 2010 blew the whistle on Anthem Blue Cross when it tried to implement a 33% rate increase in California. The national attention to this issue helped propel national healthcare reform to victory.
Prior to her election to the Assembly, she served a term on the Oakland Board of Education and then was elected twice as the first Asian American to serve on the Alameda County Board of Supervisors. As a Supervisor, she wrote the strategic plan to keep the County Medical Center open and formed the Alameda County First Five Commission (Every Child Counts). She implemented a citizenship program with the passage of welfare reform and formed the Alameda and San Leandro Youth Collaboratives.
Supervisor Chan holds a BA in history from Wellesley College and an MA in education policy and administration from Stanford University.
Social Services Agency Director
County of Alameda
Lori A. Cox, Director of the Alameda County Social Services Agency, is responsible for leading Alameda County’s largest agency with an annual budget of $600 million and a staff of approximately 2,200. The Agency has oversight of critical safety-net programs such as Child Welfare, Adult Protection, CalFresh (formerly food stamps), Medi-Cal eligibility and Cash Aid. Director Cox is among a group of system leaders committed to developing responsive, integrated services for disadvantaged populations served by multiple agencies.
She began working for the Alameda Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) in 1995 and held several positions with that agency. In July 2011, the County’s Board of Supervisors appointed her as Director of the Social Services Agency.
Ms. Cox holds a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MS in Counseling Psychology from California State University, Hayward.
Chief of Staff
Office of the Superintendent
Michael Gaal is the Chief of Staff for the Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District. In this capacity, he provides operational assistance by managing special projects and leading key initiatives, resolving complex issues that require executive leadership and direction, supporting the deliverables of the Superintendent’s Leadership Team, and ensuring expectations and deadlines are clearly communicated to staff. As Chief of Staff, he also serves as a key strategic planner and manages long range planning processes for the District.
Most recently, Michael was the Chief Operating Officer and K-8 Network Superintendent at the Education Achievement Authority of Michigan. He led the Achievement Leadership Institute, building a homegrown group of standout school leaders, revamped teacher and principal evaluations, to offer more tangible feedback centered on student outcomes, and completed a network-wide Common Core transition by adopting Engage NY and creating a CCSS Training Boot Camp.
Acting Director, Health Care Services
County of Alameda
Rebecca Gebhart was appointed Acting Director of the Alameda County Health Care Services Agency (HCSA) in December 2015 during the leave of absence of Alex Briscoe. As Acting Director, Rebecca reports to the County Board of Supervisors and oversees the public health, environmental health, behavioral health and indigent health care programs and mandates of the County.
When not serving as Acting Director, Rebecca has served as HCSA Finance Director since April 2012. In her role as Finance Director, Rebecca oversees the HCSA financial and administrative operations including the $650 million budget and financial reporting, revenue maximization, contract management, agency wide initiatives to improve business processes and infrastructure, and special projects.
Prior to being Finance Director, Rebecca served as the County’s countywide budget coordinator, and prior to that was the founding Finance Director of First 5 Alameda County, where she served for nine years. Prior to those County roles, Rebecca served in various leadership positions in East Bay non profit organizations.
Lynette Gibson McElhaney
City of Oakland
Councilmember Lynette Gibson McElhaney, Council President, represents Oakland City Council District 3, a dynamic collection of communities that includes Adams Point, Downtown, Uptown, Jack London, Lake Merritt, KONO, Oakland Army Base, Pill Hill and West Oakland.
A leader in affordable housing, she was elected in to the City Council in November 2012 to restore public trust, expand jobs, strengthen the economy and improve public safety. Since taking office, she has worked with the Mayor and the Council to enact public safety reforms, saved funding for the Broadway Shuttle, led efforts to beautify and clean long neglected areas within District 3 and provided key leadership to protect and expand jobs at the $500 million Oakland Army Base project. Together with the District 3 team, she is working to expand community access to grocery and retail businesses, quality housing and jobs. In addition to a commitment to strong constituent services, Councilmember McElhaney focuses on jobs and economic development, investments in public safety, strengthening educational opportunities for youth and adults and restoring confidence in local government.
Beginning in 2001, she served as the Executive Director and CEO of Neighborhood Housing Services of the East Bay, a HUD-approved non-profit dedicated to affordable housing development, counseling and advocacy. In her current capacity, she manages a $2 million rental real estate portfolio and supports critical counseling services to more than 400 households annually through foreclosure mitigation and first-time homebuyer programs. Under her leadership, NHS has developed or rehabilitated over 100 affordable homes, including the development of Richmond Village, an 82 unit mixed-income HOPE VI redevelopment effort. NHS East Bay has been at the forefront of Contra Costa’s foreclosure crisis, launching the first public awareness campaign with the support of Congressman George Miller.
Ms McElhaney holds a BA in Political Science from University of California, Berkeley.
Board Member & President
Oakland Unified School District
James Harris became District 7 OUSD Board Trustee on January 7, 2013. He is an Oakland native, a former teacher, and a small business owner.
His passion for education began at the age of 16 when he worked as a teaching assistant at the Aim High Summer program. Aim High is dedicated to preparing middle-school aged children from low-income communities for success in high school and beyond. He did every job in the program from intern to master teacher and finally Site Director. After graduating from Santa Clara University, and while still a summer employee at Aim High, he began teaching English at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco.
In 2004, Harris left the classroom to pursue his dream career in advertising and marketing. That same year he established Morgan Media Group (MMG), a brand development and marketing company based in San Francisco. In 2014, MMG celebrated ten years of service in the advertising industry.
For the last eight years, he has served on the Board of Aim High. He was also a founding board member of Great Oakland Public Schools, a local organization that connects and activates the community to advocate for quality public schools across Oakland.
On January 6, 2014, he was elected by his colleagues, to the office of Vice President then President on January 5, 2015.
He studied Literature at Georgia State University, and earned his BA in Communication from Santa Clara University (SCU).
Oakland Unified School District
Director Jumoke Hinton-Hodge is a community and youth development consultant who has worked in the Bay Area for the last two decades. For the past seven years, she has devoted her efforts to strengthening her West Oakland neighborhood. Director Hinton-Hodge is the co-founder of the Parent Leadership and Engagement Academy Initiative (PLEA), a community-building project dedicated to the education and support of West Oakland parents and families. PLEA is dedicated to creating meaningful and powerful collaboration among parents of all West Oakland schools, a goal that is also served by the West Oakland Education Task Force (WOTEF). As a WOTEF leader, Director Hinton-Hodge has partnered with the school district, individual school sites, community based organizations and small businesses to improve West Oakland schools and support parent leaders in the development of school-specific student advocacy organizations.
She has worked extensively with low-income youth and students identified as severely emotionally disturbed, and has also provided gender specific services to urban girls. She has supported the development of arts based programming, facilitated parent and family community organizing trainings and participated on design teams developing small schools within the Oakland Unified School District.
She holds a BA in Black Studies and English from Oberlin College.
Peralta Community College District
A native of Haiti, Dr. Laguerre served as Superintendent-President of the Solano Community College District from 2009 to 2015. There, he was responsible for many accomplishments, including supporting the UMOJA program for African‐American students. He led a bond campaign to raise $348 million for new construction, facilities renovation, technology upgrades and a new Military Veterans Center. Dr. Laguerre is a founder of the Solano County Education Initiative and the Vallejo Education and Business Alliance. He is also an honorary commander at Travis Air Force Base.
Previously, Dr. Laguerre was Vice President for Academic Affairs at Truckee Meadows Community College in Reno, Nevada, and was Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Services at Montgomery College in Maryland. He has also held academic and student services positions at Lake Superior College in Minnesota.
Since 1978, he has taught English as a Second Language, French, Haitian‐Creole, physics and mathematics. He has published a Haitian‐English dictionary and a McGraw-Hill Haitian phrasebook.
Dr. Laguerre holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership for College and University Administration, a Master’s of Science in Education and School Administration and a Master’s of Arts in French Literature from the University of Kansas. He also earned a certificate in Mathematics and Physics Education from l’Université d’Etat d’Haiti, Ecole Normale Supérieure, Port‐au‐Prince, Haiti.
County of Alameda
Supervisor Nate Miley was elected to the Alameda County Board of Supervisors in November 2000. He was re-elected for a fourth term in 2012. Prior to representing District 4, Supervisor Miley had the honor of serving the residents of Oakland City Council, District 6. Voters first elected him to the City Council in 1990 and again in 1994 and 1998. While on the council he earned a reputation as a “maverick” who proactively worked with the community and his colleagues to address some of the city’s long -standing issues around problem liquor stores, crime, and community development.
Supervisor Miley has dedicated his entire adult life to community and public service. He started his community involvement by taking a position with the Oakland Community Organizations (OCO) and has worked with many community-based groups, as well as trained community organizers through the National Center for Urban Ethnic Affairs.
Supervisor Miley holds a BA from Franklin and Marshall College and a JD from University of Maryland.
Alameda County Office of Education
From her beginnings as the Bay Area Liaison for A Better Chance, through forming the nonprofit Educational Technology Training Institute, to becoming an Oakland teacher and principal, School Improvement Grant coordinator, Director of Academics for Seneca Center, Associate Superintendent of Education for Alameda County and now Alameda County Superintendent of Schools, Karen has remained deeply committed to advocating and leading for the best educational outcomes for all students. She has also used her skills as an educational leader to innovate and introduce major initiatives to help increase mental health services in schools and designed a system of support to aid in the effective communication between educators and behavioral health providers. She was recognized for her outstanding work in significantly improving achievement outcomes for students.
Karen holds a BA in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a teaching credential from Holy Names University, and an administrative credential from the national New Leaders educational leadership program.
ACOE membership approved – May 5, 2016
County of Alameda
As County Administrator, Susan Muranishi provides professional, innovative and proactive leadership to the Board of Supervisors, Agency/Department Heads and the public through responsible fiscal and administrative policy development and program oversight. She provides clear direction and strategic management necessary to accomplish Board policies and delivers services efficiently and effectively. She also works collaboratively with other public officials, community-based organizations, labor organizations, special interest groups and business and community partners.
Ms. Muranishi holds a B.A. in the Social Sciences from University of California, Berkeley.
City of Oakland
Mayor Libby Schaaf was inaugurated as Oakland, California’s 50th mayor on January 5, 2015. A native of Oakland, Mayor Schaaf previously served one term as a member of the Oakland City Council. She was a former Council chief of staff and top mayoral aide to Jerry Brown. Mayor Schaaf has two decades of public service experience that began while she was a young attorney leading volunteer efforts in Oakland. She later left her legal career at Oakland’s largest law firm to build and run the first centralized volunteer program for Oakland public schools at the Marcus Foster Institute. Mayor Schaaf eventually went on to become Public Affairs Director for the Port of Oakland.
She is honored to serve the people of Oakland and to help promote her hometown as the greatest place to live, work, play and do business. She is committed to revitalization that preserves and celebrates Oakland’s diversity and leads to direct prosperity for long-time residents and newcomers. Her four areas of focus as mayor are: holistic community safety, sustainable vibrant infrastructure, equitable jobs and housing and responsive trustworthy government.
Mayor Schaaf holds a BA in political science from Rollins College and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.
Board Member & Vice President
Oakland Unified School District
Nina Senn joined the OUSD school board on January 5, 2015. She grew up in a multi-cultural family and is the product of a solid K-12 California public school education.
As an attorney, she has worked with global and domestic companies and organizations focusing on international, logistics and technology transactions and dispute resolution processes. For over 18 years, five of which were based in Brussels, Belgium, her work involved building consensus and negotiating agreements in complex multi-cultural environments.
After returning to the Bay Area in 2000, Director Senn re-kindled her passion in dispute resolution by volunteering as a mediator and then as the President of the Board of SEEDS Community Resolution Center. In 2014, she started her own dispute resolution and legal services practice in Oakland and was particularly delighted to work on an OUSD project that focused on special education. This project was an independent assessment to determine the feasibility of establishing an alternative dispute resolution process within Programs for Exceptional Children using problem solving, Restorative Justice and other conflict resolution skills and techniques.
As a parent of two school age children in Oakland, Director Senn has been an active public school parent leader for over ten years and is dedicated to the CARE of the whole child of every child. CARE stands for “Community Access to Resources and Education.” Whether the need is related to academics, health, safety & nutrition, sports, the environment or social/emotional issues, she works in collaboration with others to support the needs of the whole child.
Ms. Senn holds Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Berkeley and a Juris Doctor from Santa Clara University.
Chief Probation Officer
County of Alameda
Wendy Still is the Chief Probation Officer of the County of Alameda.
Chief Still has worked in State Government for over 37 years and specialized for 29 years in Adult and Community Corrections in the State of California. Chief Still’s experiences include developing gender responsive, trauma informed offender prison and community rehabilitation programs and strategic master plans designed to improve outcomes and reduce recidivism for California’s offenders and parolees. Chief Still has served as Director, Activation Management and Rehabilitation Programs with the California Federal Prison Health Care Services, and Governor appointed Associate Director Female Offender Programs & Services, and Southern Regional Prison Administrator for 10 prisons.
She earned her Masters of Advanced Studies, Criminal, Law & Society from the University of California, Irvine. She earned her Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Behavior from the University of San Francisco. Chief Still is a member of the American Probation and Parole Association, the American Correctional Association and the American Society of Criminology and has held numerous civic positions within the State of California.
Oakland Unified School District
Before serving as Superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, Antwan Wilson was the Assistant Superintendent for Post Secondary Readiness in Denver Public Schools for six years, leading Denver’s Middle, High, and Intensive Pathway Schools. Additionally, he was responsible for the Denver’s school turnaround efforts, the College and Career Office (which runs programs such as International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement, Career and Technical Education, Concurrent Enrollment, and Counseling), the Student Engagement Office, and the Athletics Office. Under his leadership in Denver, there were significant improvements in graduation rates, the number of students entering college, a doubling of enrollment and qualifying score rates in AP courses, tripling of Concurrent Enrollment in college-level courses, and a revamping of Denver’s Intensive Pathway Options.
Prior to that role, he served as the High School Instructional Superintendent for Denver Public Schools, where he was in charge of school-improvement efforts and supervising school leaders. He has served as a high school principal and middle school principal in Denver Public Schools and previously in Wichita Public Schools. He has also worked as an assistant high school principal and as a middle and high school classroom teacher in Wichita, KS, Lincoln, NE, and Raleigh, NC.
Superintendent Wilson graduated with Distinction from Nebraska Wesleyan University with a BA in History-Social Science Education, and he earned a Master of School Leadership Degree from Friends University. He is also a graduate of the 2014 Broad Superintendent’s Academy Cohort.