Staff

Founder & Executive Director

Kimberly Miyoshi

Founder & Executive Director

Kim has been with Oakland Kids First for over fifteen years. She secures resources to support the program, assists with program design and strategy, helps standardize and strengthen core curriculum, and works with district partners to expand the Engagement for Equity initiative. Kim has spent the past 19 years providing training, facilitation and coordination to numerous efforts to improve schools and communities in the Bay Area. As OKF’s Executive Director since 2000, Kim brings comprehensive experience in curriculum design program development and implementation.

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Lukas Brekke-Miesner

Lukas Brekke-Miesner

Director of Youth Programs

Lukas oversees both the PASS-2 and REAL HARD youth leadership programs to ensure positive youth development practices are implemented across all programs at all partner school sites, and ensures student leaders participate in district-wide All City Council leadership activities. Lukas was born and raised in Oakland and graduated from Oakland Tech. He became active as a high-school student advocating for youth opportunities by serving on the Project YES! Council, where he worked with his peers to create the blueprint for the Youth Uprising Center in East Oakland. He has a Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA and spent his college years working for a youth development agency and was trained to provide academic counseling to high school students.

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PASS-2

Claude Crudup

PASS-2 Program Manager

Claude implements the PASS-2 program at Castlemont High School including community building, mentor training, workshop coordination, and peer-to-peer mentoring. Prior to joining Oakland Kids First, Claude worked as the Amplify Learning Program Manager to oversee field trials and pilots in California from Brooklyn New York. Prior to that, Claude worked in Oakland from 2008-2012 as a Coaching Corps Program Manager and Learning For Life After School Program Manager. He has served as an educational consultant and teacher in the New York public schools from 1999-2006.  Claude has a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Columbia University and completed certification in management skills with a focus on empowering staff and service recipients from Cornell University.

Christina Chung

Christina Chung

PASS-2 Program Associate

Christina implements the PASS-2 peer academic mentoring program at Oakland Tech in the Civic Engagement and Social Movements leadership class in partnership with the Restorative Justice Coordinator. Christina also supports curriculum and materials development for PASS-2. Prior to her time at Oakland Kids First, Christina spent nearly a decade helping develop MetWest High School in OUSD from a new, teeny tiny alternative school to an established internship and project-based school, and started the arts and academic afterschool program with community collaborators and partnerships. Prior to that, she attended California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) in Valencia where she was introduced to community-based arts teaching through the CAP (California Arts Partnership) program and unearthed a deep passion for teaching (and learning through teaching) during her time at KAOS Projects in Leimert Park. Beyond that, you can find her DJing with her SF crew Sweater Funk and Oakland crew Wax Works, cooking up a storm in the kitchen with her always-hungry daughter, drawing and screenprinting in a smelly studio somewhere, or taking peel-apart photographs with her Polaroid camera.

Peter Truong

Peter Truong

PASS-2 Site Lead

Peter implements the PASS-2 peer academic mentoring program at Fremont High School in the Civic Engagement and Social Movements leadership class, and at Skyline High School. Peter is a former 12th Grade and 8th Grade English teacher at the St. Hope Public Schools in Sacramento, where he served as the school’s Black Student Union advisor. Peter earned a B.A. in Political Science and a B.S. in Ethnic Studies with a minor in Chinese from University of Oregon.

Sarah Wong

PASS-2 Site Lead

Sarah leads school site implementation of the PASS-2 program at Oakland High School. In addition to her time with Oakland Kids First, Sarah is a science and math teacher at Tilden Preparatory Schools in Oakland. Sarah has experience creating individualized learning systems for high school students to address autistic, anxiety, and ADHD needs in class. Sarah started her teaching career through Teach for America, and taught two years at Life Academy of Health and Bioscience in Oakland. Sarah has a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Mills College with a minor in Asian Studies, and a California Multiple Subjects teaching credential.

PASS-2 TEACHER PARTNERS

Jimmy Barbuto teaches the Peer Education class in partnership with PASS-2 at Skyline High School.

Kusum Crimmel is Oakland Technical High School’s Restorative Justice Coordinator and teaches the PASS-2 Civic Engagement and Social Movements class.

Nidya Baez in the Fremont High School Community School Manager, and co-teaches the PASS-2 Civic Engagement and Social Movements class.

REAL HARD

Krishtine “Krish” de Leon

Krishtine “Krish” de Leon

REAL HARD Program Manager

Krish oversees the REAL HARD program across three school sites, and facilitates REAL HARD leadership cohort trainings and Code of Respect culture campaign activities at Fremont High School. Prior to Oakland Kids First, Krish worked as an after school enrichment activity coordinator for the YMCA, training youth in leadership and enrichment activities. She has also worked as a youth educator teaching performing arts and social justice, and was a former journalist for Rolling Stone Magazine. Krish received her undergraduate degree from San Francisco State University in Journalism. During her undergrad at SF State, she worked as a youth educator at various orgs in SF including PEP (Pin@y Educational Partnerships), Making Waves, Boys and Girls Club of Hunters Point, YMCA, June Jordan School for Equity and was awarded a fellowship from Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Foundation in 2003.  Her study and practice in libratory education is a driving force behind many of her passions and the foundation for the work she does at Oakland Kids First.

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Roxana Franco

Roxana Franco

REAL HARD Program Coordinator

Roxana implements the REAL HARD after school youth development leadership program at Castlemont and Oakland Technical High Schools. Roxana started working at Oakland Kids First as an intern in the Meaningful Student and Family Engagement initiative supporting the school committees, engagement forums, and Parent Leads cohort. Roxana also provides translation and interpretation services for Spanish speaking families and youth across programs. Roxana grew up in South Central, Los Angeles, after migrating from El Salvador. From a young age, Roxana has loved building community and critically analyzing the social structures of capitalism and public education. Roxana has experience facilitating workshops discussing the School to Prison Pipeline, and workshops catered to the undocumented community to know their rights. When Roxana has free time, her hobbies include hiking, fishing, and spending time with her cat Charlie.

CONTRACTORS

Stephanie Daniels

Finance Manager

Mara Benitez

Meaningful Student and Family Engagement Project Manager