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Alameda County Board of EducationCandidate for Member, Trustee Area 2

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Amber Childress

Member, Board of Education, 2nd Trustee Area
24,662 votes (48.5%)
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My Top 3 Priorities

  • Amber has lived here all her life, and she’ll fight hard to make sure our schools and our teachers get what they need to help our kids.
  • A record of standing up to powerful interests to fight for high-quality public schools in every neighborhood, and to educate the whole child.
  • The East Bay Times endorsed her and says she has "done her homework”. She will continue to fight for our public schools, and adequate and transparent funding for our public schools. Amber knows how to do the job.

Experience

Experience

Profession:Trustee on the Alameda County Board of Education
Development Manager, San Francisco Achievers (2018–current)
Trustee, Alameda County Board of Education — Elected position (2016–current)

Education

Mills College Bachelors Degree, Liberal Studies and Economics (2001)

Community Activities

Chair, Alameda County Board Facilities Committee (2016–current)
Vice Chair, Alameda County Board Policy and Legislation Committee (2016–current)
Vice President, CA County Boards of Education (CCBE) (2019–current)
Board of Directors Member, Chabot Space and Science Center (2019–current)
Vice Chair, Measure G Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, OUSD (2016–2020)

Biography

My experiences as a former Oakland public school student, a parent, a community advocate, an EmergeCA member and a successful entrepreneur make me qualified to take on this position. As a 2016 Powerful Women of the Bay award recipient, I am happy to serve my community in different leadership capacities including: appointed member of the Oakland Unified School District Measure G Citizens Oversight Committee, East Bay Women's Network board of directors, Wardrobe for Opportunity Chair and the Push Tech 2020 Public Relations team. I am grateful to have served as an active parent volunteer since my son started Kindergarten in Alameda ten years ago. I have spent years volunteering with Girls Inc. of Alameda County as a mentor, committee chair and a class volunteer. I was fortunate enough to host a student intern through the United Way/ Linked Learning program. That student nominated me for the 2014 Youth Friendly Business award. As your representative, I will devote continuous effort and commitment to creating effective leadership.

Who supports this candidate?

Featured Endorsements

  • East Bay Times
  • Former State Education Superintendent Delaine Eastin
  • Karen Monroe, Alameda County Superintendent

Organizations (5)

  • San José Mercury-News
  • Black Women Organized for Political Action
  • East Bay Women's Political Alliance
  • Planned Parenthood Advocates Mar Monte
  • Oakland East Bay Democratic Club

Elected Officials (16)

  • Malia Cohen, Chair, CA State Board of Equalization
  • Keith Carson, Supervisor, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Alice Lai-Bitker, Former Supervisor, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Larry Reid, Councilmember Oakland District 7
  • Lynette McElhaney, Councilmember, Oakland District 3
  • Loren Taylor, Councilmember, Oakland District 6
  • Trish Herrera Spencer, Former Mayor, Alameda
  • Bill Schaff, Former Trustee, Alameda Unified School District
  • Robert Raburn, Director, BART
  • Nate Miley, Supervisor, Alameda County Board of Supervisors
  • Melissa Wilks, Auditor – Controller, Alameda County
  • Joaquin Rivera, President, Alameda County Board of Education
  • Aisha Knowles, Trustee, Alameda County Board of Education
  • Eileen McDonald, Trustee, Alameda County Board of Education
  • Marlon McWilson, Former Trustee, Alameda County Board of Education
  • Teresa Cox, Trustee, Ohlone Community College

Individuals (1)

  • Sean McPhetridge, Former Superintendent, Alameda Unified School District

Political Beliefs

Political Philosophy

My vision is simple but not easy, make sure that Alameda County school districts are equipped to provide access to a quality education for every child, regardless of the neighborhood that they live in.  

We are moving in that direction, some districts, quicker than others. Fully funding public schools across California is necessary to carry out this goal. Managing budgets properly, updating facilities, making information for families easy to access and to understand, ongoing support and culturally relevant training for teachers and all school staff, and community support all help to operate great schools.

In my experience as a student, as a mother and as an elected school board member, I have found that hosting a bring you parents to school day, a pasta feed event or a talent show can creating inviting spaces for families to get involved and begin meaningful conversations with teachers that ultimately improve "going to school" for all children.

Every elementary school field trip that I attended with my son's classrooms helped to build that sense of community with other parents, students, and the teachers. I believe that my presence along with the other moms helped to make Lum Elementary (Alameda, CA) a good school overall, not just for our specific children. I still laugh sitting and listening to Mrs. Llamas share stories about her son, myself and our former classmate when we were in elementary school at E. Morris Cox (Oakland, CA). She was our school mom, in some ways, Mrs. Llamas continues her role as a pretty good "school mom" today for many of us, years later. #AllOurChildren

Videos (1)

An East Bay woman who reaped the benefits of having been mentored as a teen has now made it her mission to encourage and inspire girls through her own mentoring.

Since 2009, Amber Childress has been volunteering with Girls Inc. of Alameda County, a non-profit which empowers girls in their academic, career and leadership pursuits.

For Childress, it is her way of giving back. The Oakland native and mother said she benefited from the Upward Bound college preparatory program and the Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program.

As an adult, Childress has become a priceless role model to the girls she has mentored.

But Childress’ volunteer work doesn’t just stop with Girls, Inc. She also serves the East Bay community in other ways. She has given marketing advice and social media training to Overcomers with Hope TV studios, which teaches digital media to at-risk youth. And she is a trustee with the Alameda County Board of Education.

Childress juggles her jam packed schedule with a smile, powered by a deep desire to help others, motivated by young women like those she mentors at Girls, Inc.

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