An alumna of WCCUSD schools, Dr. Shantina Jackson has been a STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Mathematics) education leader in the Bay Area for over 15 years. Her work with the community began in West Contra Costa, where she taught high school and middle school mathematics in Richmond and El Cerrito, respectively. For nearly a decade, Dr. Jackson worked to eliminate barriers for students of color in STEM at the Level Playing Field Institute as Director of Education Programs, among other roles. She continued this work as Associate Director of Community and School Engagement at Girls Who Code, working to close the gender gap in technology and engineering. Presently, as the Chief Consultant of Enlightened Education Solutions, LLC, Dr. Jackson supports the education of WCCUSD students by providing college and career advising, strategic program planning, and research services to individuals and community based organizations. Dr. Jackson earned her PhD and Master’s in Education at UC Berkeley, and her undergraduate degree in African-American Studies from UCLA. Her research interests focus on the intersections of race, gender, and African-American educational thought.
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.