Community Engagement Specialist, Oakland Unified School District
Charles Cole III is an educator focused on the advancement of all youth of color, but more specifically black males. The passion comes from his own experiences growing up without proper support. His life’s goal is to better the communities he grew up in through his work.
He has served as a social worker, a director for Teach For America, the vice chair of the California Young Democrats, Black Caucus and at a director’s level at various youth-focused nonprofits. Charles is a national speaker and writer and can be found in Oakland and around the country working with youth on how to equip themselves appropriately to lay the groundwork for a bright future. He is currently finishing his first book aimed at Black males titled, “Stop Hustling Backwards.”
After being inspired by the new superintendent of Oakland Unified School District, Antwan Wilson, Charles decided to return to work for the district he grew up in, as a community engagement specialist. There, he works closely with the community to help drive policies that lead to educational transformation. However, in blogs and other social media Charles speaks only on his own behalf and his words are not representative of any other entity.