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 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 High School. He became active as a high-school student as a member of TryUMF (Trying to Uplift My Folks), Youth Speaks, the Youth Employment Partnership, and the Project YES! Council, before heading to UCLA to pursue his Bachelor’s Degree. He spent his time at UCLA studying Sociology and Education, hosting a Bay Area hip-hop radio show, and providing academic counseling and social justice curriculum to high school students as part of the Afrikan Student Union. Lukas is a huge advocate of Oakland and a writer of poetry and social commentary.

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Christina Chung

Christina Chung

Special Project Lead

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.

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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.

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