David works in partnership with students, families, educators, community organizations, philanthropy, the city, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), and Mayor Schaaf to realize a vision of educational equity for all students in Oakland. In particular, David leads the Oakland Promise, a cradle-to-career initiative with the goal of tripling the number of college graduates from Oakland within a decade and instilling a college-bound identity in all students. The Mayor’s Office, OUSD, East Bay College Fund, the Oakland Public Education Fund, and other implementing partners, champions, and ambassadors work together to realize the Mayor and Superintendent’s bold vision of every Oakland public school student graduating high school with the expectations, resources, and skills to complete college and be successful in the career of his or her choice. This year, every Kindergarten student who entered an Oakland public school will have $100 towards an early college scholarship by the time they leave elementary school and we sent 300 students to college with scholarship and persistence support through the East Bay College Fund. In addition, we have partnerships with over 20 colleges including the Peralta Community College District which will provide all Oakland students with the first semester free.
Prior to his current position, David served as the Chief Executive Officer of College Track, a national non-profit whose mission is to empower students from underserved communities to graduate from college. He led the organization through significant growth – from serving 900 students to more than 2000 including expansion to Colorado, Sacramento and Los Angeles; and raising the four-year college acceptance and matriculation rates to 94% and 89% respectively.
Prior to College Track, from 2003 to 2011, David was the founder and principal of Think College Now, a college-focused elementary school in OUSD whose mission is to ensure all students have an opportunity to graduate from college and pursue their dreams. The school received several honors including becoming the first California Distinguished School and Title I Award-Winning School in the Fruitvale neighborhood. David is an alumnus of Teach for America, where he served as a second grade teacher in Compton, California, and went on to become the TFA Program Director and School Director. David currently serves a Vice-President of the Board of the National Equity Project and as an advisory Board member of Youth Law Academy. He graduated summa cum laude from UCLA with a B.A. in Sociology and earned his M.ED from Harvard University. David lives in Oakland with his wife and young son.
We as a community will ensure every child in Oakland graduates high school with the expectations, resources, and skills to complete college and be successful in the career of his or her choice.
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