Jumoke Hinton Hodge
School Board Director Jumoke Hinton Hodge, who is the incumbent running for reelection in District 3, has worked for more than 20 years with Oakland residents, leaders, and organizations to improve education, health and civic engagement in West Oakland and throughout the city.
For Hinton Hodge this has meant taking the leading in helping to create community programs, build coalitions with education and health organizations and serve in leadership positions while investing in the success of local students and neighbors.
She was first elected to the Oakland School Board in 2008, where she represents neighborhoods in West Oakland, Adams Point, Lake Merritt, Downtown and Uptown, along with the Telegraph and Broadway Corridors from the waterfront to MacArthur Blvd.
District 3’s public schools are located primarily in West Oakland, with one middle school in Adams Point and an alternative high school on Pill Hill off Telegraph.
As a board member, she worked with others to develop an ambitious Strategic Plan for the Oakland Unified School District. She is most proud of the inclusion of the African American Male Achievement Initiative, whose mission is to end the epidemic failure of Black young men in Oakland schools.
She created the West Oakland Brain Trust, a partnership between school district employees, faith-based groups, community-based organizations and small businesses, which has worked on issues in West Oakland’s public schools.
She has also led efforts to ensure that all Oakland students will receive the high school courses required to enter California’s four-year colleges.
Before her election to the school board, Hinton Hodge co-founded and served as the director of the Parent Leadership and Engagement Academy Initiative (PLEA), a community-building project that supported West Oakland parents and families. She was also executive director of the Girls After School Academy.
In addition to her work in the schools, she is program director of People’s Grocery, a nationally recognized organization that furthers community food, health and justice efforts.
Hinton Hodge holds a BA in Black Studies and English from Oberlin College. She is the mother of four children.