Renato P. Almanzor for School Board

Renato P. Almanzor for School Board I love Oakland! I believe in the power of community. I want to continue supporting our communities by serving on the School Board. Join our campaign.

About Renato: - Renato has lived in Oakland and in District 6 since 1996. He is the parent of a recent graduate of the Oakland school system, and served on the parent advisory counsels of each of his son's schools. He is a professional who has worked with schools and non-profit leadership in the Oakland and East Bay community for many years, a community organizer, board member, and a professor of education. Go to our website, or keep reading to learn more about Renato's qualifications and why he is is running for School Board. Why do I want to be on the Oakland School Board? I believe we have it in us to satisfy all of our individual and collective needs. I believe we’re on our way to having the beloved community that we desire. It seems to me that this is so because we know the importance of our children and youth. Years ago, we the people made a promise to provide for all children the educational experience they deserve. Public education exists to deliver on that promise by focusing on student learning. For the Oakland Unified School District, a core philosophical tenet is that every student in the district, regardless of gender, special needs, or social, ethnic, language or economic background has a right to a high-quality education that challenges the student to achieve to his/her fullest potential. Although this promise may have been made in prior generations, it is our turn to take up the promise of a quality education for every child. I am running for school board because it’s my turn to ensure we make good on that promise. Why vote for me? Since moving to Oakland in 1996, I have felt privileged to experience the soul of our town. I fully embody the vision that it takes a village to raise our children, respect our elders and support our leaders. To truly realize this vision, we need leadership. Leadership, however, requires that we give and receive power, authority, love and significance. I have demonstrated this kind of leadership as a parent, a professional, a community organizer, a board member, and a professor of education. Most important, I understand what it takes to raise a child in Oakland, to attend OUSD schools, and to engage authentically so that all of our children, not just my biological child, feel loved, respected and honored for who they are and are becoming. My Qualifications As a Parent: I served on the School Site Council at my son’s elementary, middle and high school. For five years I chaired the School Site Counsel at each level. At each, we achieved creating and passing a student achievement plan that effectively and equitably allocated federal funds to serve our kids who had the greatest needs. I am proud to say that my son recently graduated from Skyline High School. As a Professional: I supported the creation of new schools in East and West Oakland founded on the principles of equity, effectiveness and community collaboration. This included providing Principal Professional Development and Teacher Leadership development. As a result, our principals and these schools contributed to the district making some of the greatest student achievement gains in California. I served on the Planning and Oversight Committee of the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth for eight years, chairing three strategic planning processes, and co-chairing the POC for three years. During my tenure, we allocated $10 - $14 million of funds that leveraged our efforts with partners for greater collective impact towards social and economic equity. We built the capacity of community agencies to work together to fully develop each child's potential, achieve positive outcomes, and promote the positive contributions of children and youth to Oakland's greatness. For the last five years I have been supporting over one hundred nonprofit executive directors in the East Bay and San Francisco toward strengthening their leadership and management competencies, and enhancing their organizational capacity, so that they can deepen their community impact. As a Community Organizer: I participated in and led city-wide parent leadership actions that included engaging with school district leadership on many of the reform efforts our town has experienced. I co-facilitated meetings with the then-newly appointed state administrator Randall Ward and Oakland parents to understand our expectations and make agreements toward sharing our commitment to supporting all of our students. As a Board Member: I have served and continue to serve on nonprofit boards including Oakland Asian Student Educational Services, Filipino Advocates for Justice, and San Francisco Coalition of Essential Small Schools. In each of these, I became president, where I organized the board’s infrastructure and focused on financial stability. As a Professor of Education: I taught organizational and leadership development at the graduate school level. This included teaching four years at CSU East Bay in the Educational Leadership for Social Justice doctoral program. Most of the students were school and district administrators. In one institution, I was named Faculty of the Year twice.

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Dearest Friends and Supporters,

Two months ago I shared that I was learning so much from this campaign about myself and our community. Today, the lessons have only deepened, and I have all of you to thank for that. I’ve been privileged to hear the hopes of our City for a community that embraces our children, honors our families and values our educational opportunities. I have encountered, through passionate discourse, the hearts, minds and souls of those who wish to participate, beyond “the campaign”, in creating the Oakland our kids deserve today and should have tomorrow.

The biggest lesson I’ve learned is this, we each deserve to be heard, and we all should hear what another believes. There’s power in articulating what we hope with intensity and rolling up our sleeves to make it happen. I saw that in many of the volunteers and partners who worked on our campaign. And in our exchanges, there is love in finding the unity in what we previously felt was disconnected because of ideology or history. I saw that in the many ways our campaign expanded our own perspective and those of others toward imagining something better for ourselves and each other.

The other lesson I learned is that we can work hard on campaigns, believe that we are working with the best candidate, and the other person could win. I saw that last night in the eyes of everybody with whom I interacted. I was moved when I talked with our youngest citizens who canvassed long hours over months tell me why they believed in me. I was inspired hearing folks ask if they could sit with me so that we could hear more deeply each other’s stories, and they felt honored to share my experiences and accomplishments with neighbors.

I saw the results around 1:15 a.m. and sent an e-mail congratulating the person who won, and I offered support in her success. I’m super bummed I didn’t win this election.

Simultaneously, I’m extremely touched by the outpouring of love, compassion and support for me. I just hope that you get how much I’m absolutely crazy about all of you. Through this, you should know that your stories have become my stories, and I hold them graciously as love stories. Ultimately, what I’m feeling today, from all of you, is more than enough to keep me working hard for creating the healthy and equitable communities we deserve. Thank you so much.

In appreciation,

Today is #Election2014 Day! Please go out and vote if you haven't already. Polls are open 7am-8pm. If you're in line by ...

Today is #Election2014 Day! Please go out and vote if you haven't already. Polls are open 7am-8pm. If you're in line by 8pm YOU GET TO VOTE. You can also drop you vote by mail ballots off at any polling place in Alameda County. Remember if you're in Oakland council District 6 to vote #Renato4SchoolBoard! Thank you!

Grateful to have the support of my dad and son. #Renato4SchoolBoard #BelovedFamily #ItTakesAVillage

Grateful to have the support of my dad and son. #Renato4SchoolBoard #BelovedFamily #ItTakesAVillage

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Great day canvassing! Many neighbors have said that they have been reading up on me and even talked to some phone bankers! And I distributed tons of lawn signs. Yay!! I hope you can join me from 2 - 6 Sunday as we go from 64th to Morcom, between Foothill and MacArthur. Call or text me if you can join us. You'll get t-shirt and button.

And thanks you, Robin Bailer Glover for hosting a house party last night. I loved the hard questions and the great dialogue.


I've just been endorsed by the Oakland Brotherhood of Elders Network! Thank you.


Hey friends, we're going through the neighborhood in between Hillmont and Sunnymere Sunday from about 2:30 - 5:30. We want our friends to know about my campaign for School Board in District 6!! Let me know if you want to join us! We'll probably grab dinner somewhere afterwards, too. Also keep letting me know if you want lawn signs!

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I'm proud to have endorsements from great organizations like Evolve and Oakland Families for Quality Schools. Thank you!


I'm excited to announce that our very own California State Assemblymember Rob Bonta has endorsed me for Oakland District 6 School Board.


Hey Friends! I'm strolling the neighborhoods Saturday 11 - 3 and Sunday 2:30 - 5:30. I'd love for you to join me. I'm also distributing lawn signs!! Let me know if you'd like one.


Great day canvassing today! It's cool when the neighbors who have corner homes want two lawn signs! I expect to get the lawn signs Tuesday. So contact me if you want one!

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It's National Voter Registration Day. Share the link with your friends, family and neighbors to get them registered today (available in 10 different languages). Then tell them why Renato Almanzor should get their vote for Oakland's School Board District 6!

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GO endorses Renato Almanzor for Oakland School Board District 6July 28, 2014Families and Educators for Public Education,...
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GO endorses Renato Almanzor for Oakland School Board District 6
July 28, 2014

Families and Educators for Public Education, sponsored by Great Oakland Public Schools, a nonprofit community organization network of educators, families and community leaders, has endorsed Dr. Renato Almanzor for the District 6 school board seat for the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education in the November 4, 2014 general election.

After a thorough review of each of the candidates that included a comprehensive community endorsement process, the GO Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse Dr. Almanzor, a parent, longtime educator, community leader and social justice advocate who has a proven track record of working to improve Oakland public schools.

"I am proud to endorse Renato Almanzor," said Mary Prime-Lawrence, an Oakland public school teacher, parent and GO Board member. "Renato has dedicated his life to education and will bring a fresh perspective to the Oakland school board. As we work to move our schools forward, we need someone committed to fighting for the future of our schools - not the battles of the past."

Dr. Almanzor's work and commitment to Oakland students has allowed him to view the Oakland educational landscape from a number of perspectives, which makes him uniquely qualified to serve on the Board:
Parent: Renato's son attended Oakland public schools through high school graduation. He served on school-site councils at each school his son attended.

Community Leader: Renato trains nonprofit leaders throughout the Bay Area and coached teachers, students, principals, and administrators in Oakland Schools.

Educator: As a professor, Dr. Almanzor taught courses in an educational leadership doctoral program at CSU East Bay.
Parents and educators on the GO Board of Directors applauded the decision to endorse Almanzor.

"As an Oakland principal, I know first hand both the potential and challenges involved in building strong schools," said Carmelita Reyes, principal of Oakland International High and a GO Board member. "I am confident that Renato has the drive, leadership, and skills to effectively serve our students."

Sheilagh Polk, a parent and GO Board member echoed Reyes' sentiments, and said she thought Almanzor brings the energy, passion, and new type of leadership our City and schools need right now.

"I need to know that my kids are getting a quality education," Polk said. "Leadership for our schools starts on the school board and I am confident that Renato brings the dedication, temperament, and skills to advocate effectively for our children. We need him on our school board."

For more information, please contact GO Communications Director Chris Perrius by calling 510.868.8800 or e-mail at [email protected].


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