Dan is passionate about public education and has worked hard to make Oakland City Hall a better and more engaged partner with our public schools. Before his election, Dan served on the Youth Leadership and Community Safety Strategic Planning Task Force for the Oakland Fund for Children and Youth. A one-time administrator at a Bay Area community college, Dan has been a committed advocate for public education throughout his professional career. Previously, he worked to promote innovations in science and mathematics education.
Dan is proud of the partnership he created with the school district and administrators to reduce chronic absenteeism and improve grade-level literacy, thereby helping to improve outcomes and equity in our public schools.
On the Oakland City Council, Dan:
Created an innovative partnership with Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) to reduce chronic absenteeism and truancy in our public elementary schools
Sponsored the adopted resolution at the Oakland City Council to endorse Assemblymember Susan Eggman’s bill to create tuition-free college for all eligible California residents (funded through a tax on millionaires)
Was named California Public Library Advocates’ 2015 Outstanding Elected Official for advocacy on behalf of Public Libraries
Supported the increased use of restorative justice and peer conflict mediation in the community and in our schools