Our Team

Kassandra Talbot
Managing Director

Kassandra (Kassi) Talbot has been an educator for the past five years. She teaches Middle School Social Studies and High School Spanish. Kassandra holds a B.A. in Global Studies and Spanish from University of the Pacific, School of International Studies; and M.A. in Education, Equity and Social Justice; concentration in how Critical Whiteness Pedagogy informs anti-racist teaching. Her ultimate goals include capitalizing on the opportunity her local context offers: using her position in the community to transform its current school system into one that serves all students equitably. She hopes her former students will come back to their community to continue the fight, lead and support future generations in her hometown, Kassandra is part of the municipal advisory board, a Red Cross First Aid Instructor, Trauma Informed Instructor and local radio host.


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Harold Shields
Executive Director

Harold Shields has been an educator since 2015. He taught Mastering Our Cultural Identity: African American Male Image and AVID 7 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Middle
School in San Francisco. Harold holds a B.A. in Psychology from California State
University Dominguez Hills; and M.A. in Politics and Education from Columbia
University. Harold is committed to defining and securing the full range of resources,
supports, and services necessary for all children, especially children in poverty and
children of color, to succeed. His goals include working with state legislatures to develop
transformative education reform. He believes as professor and attorney Michael Rebell
does: “that a suitable education should be the constitutional right of every child
regardless of the child’s wealth or place of birth.”

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