Karl Debro has taught at every level from middle school to graduate school. Dr. Debro has led professional development on institutional racism, student success, culturally responsive pedagogy, and equity for high schools and colleges. A recipient of the Jefferson Award for public service, Debro has been honored for his work to bring safety and respect to LGBTQ students by PFLAG and the United States Congress. Dr. Debro currently directs a concurrent enrollment program for high school push outs and drop outs at Contra Costa College. He holds a Bachelor’s in Philosophy from UC Berkeley and a Doctorate in Education from Mills College. He lives in Oakland.
Kathleen Harris is the Executive Director for the Youth Ventures Joint Powers Authority. The JPA is recognized throughout the country for its leadership and work with low-income youth to improve educational and life opportunities. Kathleen previously served as the Director of Collective Impact with Great Oakland Public Schools Leadership Center and the Program Director, Housing and Ending The Cycle of Poverty with the Marin Community Foundation. She holds a a Bachelor’s in Liberal Arts and Sciences from San Francisco State University and a Master’s in Educational Leadership and Administration from the National Louis University.
Stephanie Hochman, LCSW, has devoted the past 30+ years to supporting individuals and groups to improve their lives and affect change in their communities. Stephanie has been a member of the BACR team for most of this time and is a Director of the East Bay programs, leading many innovative and long-standing youth support projects in Contra Costa and Alameda Counties. Additionally, she provides clinical supervision and training to the mental health staff and graduate interns. Stephanie is also a Certified ToP (Technology of Participation) Facilitator and trainer and is an Associate with the Center for Strategic Facilitation.
Superintendent Matt Duffy came to the District with great leadership experience in urban schools and districts. Most recently, Matt served as the Assistant Superintendent in Milpitas Unified. There he was in charge of teaching and learning, leadership, enrollment, technology, Special Education and LCAP development. Matt’s recent accomplishments include starting a new Dual Immersion school in Milpitas, significantly expanding professional learning opportunities for all staff and growing the music program each year. Prior to Milpitas, Matt spent nine years in Oakland Unified serving as a principal and an area superintendent. Matt originally hails from New York City where he spent 4 years teaching middle school in the South Bronx and 3 years as a Vice Principal in Harlem. Matt lives in Oakland with his wife Tamara and two boys Caelin and Leo, ages 7 and 5.
Dr. Mara Lockowandt is the Director of School Partnerships at East Bay Center where she oversees the strategic development of a nationally recognized teacher professional development program, school and community youth programs, and early childhood education programs. She is dedicated to improving outcomes for diverse and marginalized youth including asylum seekers/refugees, low income, trauma-sensitive, and those with varying abilities. Previous to joining East Bay Center, Dr. Lockowandt worked as an educator, researcher and evaluator for youth and arts programs in London, UK. Dr. Lockowandt has an MA from King’s College London and a PhD from Royal Holloway, University of London specializing in diaspora and immigrant theatre traditions.
Luna helps philanthropists develop and implement impactful philanthropic strategies aligned with their interests and passions. Prior to joining Hirsch & Associates, Luna worked as a Program Associate at the S.H. Cowell Foundation, where she developed a keen understanding of best practices that empower children and their families to thrive. She worked across the public, private and nonprofit sectors to amplify the impact of the Family Resource Centers network. She also developed opportunities for directors, grantees and community partners to foster strong collaborations through community visits and peer-learning exchanges. Luna is a member of two Latino Community Foundation giving circles focused on women in San Francisco and Contra Costa County. She holds a B.A. in Chicano/a Studies with a Public Policy emphasis from the University of California, Davis.
Bertha Romo, MA, is a proud WCCUSD graduate, who has worked in the Richmond and San Pablo community for eight years, doing direct service work to support local youth, and coordinating the City of San Pablo’s school-based grant program. Bertha has experience in data collection & analysis, program design & evaluation, budget management, and partnership development. Bertha is also a Certified Girls Circle Facilitator and Certified College Admissions Counselor. She has a BA in Urban Studies from UC Berkeley and MA in Counseling Psychology, with an emphasis on School Counseling, from the University of San Francisco.