Jonathan Klein

Guest Blogger

Co-Founder & CEO

Oakland, California

Jonathan Klein is passionate about improving public schools in low-income communities. Since his first job after college teaching in Compton, Califonia, he has been a fundraiser, community organizer and political advocate. Jonathan began working with parents educators, and community members in 2008 to develop GO’s Oakland network, and became executive director in 2012.

Based on GO’s work in Oakland, Jonathan was one of three finalists for the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership, presented annually to one of the 30,000 Teach For America alumni for work that has led to far-reaching systemic change. New Schools Venture Fund also named Jonathan Change Agent of the Year in 2013.

In 2003, he co-founded what is now the Oakland Public Education Fund, a non-profit organization that has helped hard-pressed schools raise $20 million for special programs and extra teachers. He was also the Bay Area director of Teach for America, chief program officer at the Rogers Family Foundation, and special assistant to the state administrator in the Oakland Unified School District as a Broad resident.

Jonathan received an MBA from the Haas School of Business in 2008, and was a lecturer there on nonprofit leadership and management. He also helped found Revolution Foods. Jonathan is a fully credentialed California teacher and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University. Jonathan lives with his wife and two children in Oakland’s Dimond neighborhood.

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Posted Feb. 15, 2017

If You’re Gonna Be on ‘Team Public Education’ You Need to Commit to These 3 Things

In California—particularly here in the Bay Area within GO’s Oakland and West Contra Costa communities—the vast majority of us are…

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