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Amber’s Progress Report

It has been an honor to serve you as the elected Trustee on the Alameda County Board of Education. I am voted in by the voters of Alameda and parts of Oakland. The County Board of Education serves a unique role for students and their families. Please find a brief overview the the role and a recap of just some of the things that I have been up to for the past four years. It has been a rewarding challenge serving you all while also juggling my role as a parent and a full time employee at a local nonprofit focused on making college more accessible to undeserved youth. 

 

Alameda County Board responsibilities

  • Approves policies, regulations, and curriculum for the schools and educational programs operated by the County Superintendent of Schools.
  • Adopts rules and regulations governing the Office of the County Superintendent of Schools.
  • Approves the annual budget of the County Superintendent of Schools and sets the Superintendent’s salary.
  • Receives the annual audit.
  • Maintains an awareness of financial conditions and operations of school districts in the county.
  • Approves the purchase or lease of property for County Office programs.
  • Acts as the County Committee on School District Organization which reviews changes in school district boundaries and trustee areas.
  • Serves as an appeal board for the adjudication of expulsion appeals, interdistrict attendance appeals, and Charter Schools.
  • Advocates on behalf of education on the local, county, state and national level.
  • Informs local communities about the programs and achievements of the County Office of Education.

Let's take a look back at my 2016 Candidate Statement

My experiences as a former Oakland public school student, a parent, a community advocate, an EmergeCA member and a successful entrepreneur make me qualified to take on this position. As a 2016 Powerful Women of the Bay award recipient, I am happy to serve my community in different leadership capacities including: appointed member of the Oakland Unified School District Measure G Citizens Oversight Committee, East Bay Women's Network board of directors, Wardrobe for Opportunity Chair and the Push Tech 2020 Public Relations team. I am grateful to have served as an active parent volunteer since my son started Kindergarten in Alameda ten years ago. I have spent years volunteering with Girls Inc. of Alameda County as a mentor, committee chair and a class volunteer. I was fortunate enough to host a student intern through the United Way/ Linked Learning program. That student nominated me for the 2014 Youth Friendly Business award. As your representative, I will devote continuous effort and commitment to creating effective leadership.

Leadership roles since getting elected

Alameda County Board Facilities Committee - Chair (2016 - present)

Alameda County Board Policy and Legislation Committee - Vice Chair (2016 - present)

CA County Boards of Education "CCBE" - Vice President (2019- present)

Chabot Space and Science Center - Board Member (2019 - present)

Children Rising - Board Member (2019 - present)

Measure G Parcel Tax Oversight Committee, OUSD - Vice Chair (2016- 2020)

 

Media

Amber's Jefferson Awards Video- Unsung Heroes
Ms. Amber Childress visits Ruby Bridges
SoBOE Speakers series video


Here is a list of some of my  community involvement(2016-2020)

  • Conference Facilitator with Students in Action (countywide) - 2019
  • League of Women Voters, Alameda - Meet Your Elected Officials Day 2018, 2019
  • Students in Action (Countywide)- Panel judge for annual Student Service Project presentations 2018, 2019
  • Students in Action Student Mentor (Countywide) - 2016 - 2019
  • Student Council Elections Speaker - Cox Elementary (Oakland, CA)
  • Career Day - Envision Academy 2018, 2019
  • Backpack Giveaway - Various Oakland Elementary Schools 2018, 2019
  • Elected AD18 Delegate(represented Oakland, San Leandro, Alameda), CA Democratic Party - 2017 - 2019
  • Black Elected Officials East Bay, Vice President 2019 - present
  • CA County Boards of Education, Vice President - 2019 - Present
  • Alameda County Teacher of the Year Awards 2016, 2017, 2019
  • Alameda County Spelling Bee 2017, 2019
  • Alameda County School Programs Graduation Speaker 2016 - 2019
  • Girls Inc. of Alameda County - Volunteer, mentor, committee member 2008 - present
  • Literacy Read-Ins - Various elementary schools in Oakland 2016 - present