East Bay Times: “Oakland initiative has hundreds of students college-bound”

By ALI TADAYON March 27, 2018 OAKLAND — Because of family finances and trouble at home, Oakland High graduate Jimmy Huynh thought college was out of his reach before the launch of Oakland Promise — a multifaceted initiative by Mayor Libby Schaaf to significantly increase the number of college graduates from the city. Through the … Continue reading East Bay Times: “Oakland initiative has hundreds of students college-bound”

SF Chronicle: “Oakland initiative shows early success in breaking down barriers to college”

By Jill Tucker 3/15/18 Abby Friedman was thrilled when she got a text this week from one of the students she counsels at the college resource center at Coliseum College Preparatory Academy in Oakland — the teen had been accepted at Wesleyan University. Friedman texted back to ask whether the school said anything about financial aid. … Continue reading SF Chronicle: “Oakland initiative shows early success in breaking down barriers to college”

Stanford Social Innovation Review Profile: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

By Jeanine Becker Winter 2018 Libby Schaaf’s career—first as an attorney, then running a nonprofit, and now as mayor of Oakland—is the journey of a cross-sector leader. Oakland, Calif., Mayor Libby Schaaf’s career wound its way through multiple sectors, starting when she was an attorney at the city’s largest law firm, always seeking a way to … Continue reading Stanford Social Innovation Review Profile: Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

SF Chronicle: “Brilliant Baby accounts seek to set low-income Oakland families on path to college”

By Jill Tucker 11/17/17 LeAna Powell considered buying life insurance for her first-born son because she had seen too many black males killed in Oakland and didn’t want to be among the countless mothers she knew who struggled to pay for a funeral. It never occurred to her to plan for his college education, his future … Continue reading SF Chronicle: “Brilliant Baby accounts seek to set low-income Oakland families on path to college”