Shanthi Gonzales

Shanthi Gonzales // Oakland Unified School Board

Shanthi was elected to the Oakland Unified School Board in 2014. She believes education is the most critical service that our government provides, that people have a right to develop their capabilities, and that this is perhaps the most important thing that we do as elected leaders.

Shanthi Gonzales is a Latina Leader who is pushing for progress in Oakland Schools.

 

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Shanthi was elected to the Oakland Unified School Board in 2014. She believes education is the most critical service that our government provides, that people have a right to develop their capabilities, and that this is perhaps the most important thing that we do as elected leaders.

Shanthi is a Bay Area native, born at Kaiser Hayward.  She was raised in Hayward, Modesto and Castro Valley, where she went to Canyon Middle School and Castro Valley High School.  Shanthi is a product of great public schools, and gives a lot of credit to the teachers and caring adults she had access to in school for her success and her love of learning.

Leadership development has been an important role Shanthi plays in the organizations she is involved in. She serves as Vice Chair of the Oakland Library Advisory Commission (LAC), and is proud of the role she has played in reviving the LAC, developing capacity for advocacy for Oakland's libraries and helping to bring about greater cooperation and coordination of all library advocates in Oakland.  She also serves as Vice President of the Board of La Raza Centro Legal, where she has also helped to build the internal capacity of the board, which has freed up staff time to focus more on serving clients.

During the day, Shanthi works for the Women Donors Network, a national network of progressive women donors, in membership and programs.  She develops skills-building programs for WDN's members and does a wide range of donor cultivation and stewardship activities.


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