Ready to Lead: Creating Policies that Support the Leadership of Black and Latinx Girls

Ready to Lead: Creating Policies that Support the Leadership of Black and Latinx Girls
Thursday, Aug 19



The Ready to Lead report found that Black and Latinx girls were most likely to self-identify as leaders and scored highest on the leadership scale. But in school, teacher bias limits their leadership opportunities and they experience harsher disciplinary actions. With more than half of girls in the U.S. identifying as girls of color, it’s time for new policy and research that supports the leadership of Black and Latinx girls in schools. What kinds of changes need to happen at the local, state, and federal levels? How can policymakers take action now? Join us for a 75-minute panel discussion on Thursday, August 19, moderated by Patrice Berry, Executive Advisor, Oakland Mayor’s Office and Co-Founder, AssistHub. Panelists include Dr. Stephanie Wood-Garnett, President of the Institute for Student Achievement; Dr. K Shakira Washington, Vice President of Advocacy & Research at National Crittenton; and Mia Bonta, CEO of Oakland Promise.

To read more about the report, please visit

Sponsored by


  • Patrice Berry, Executive Advisor, Oakland Mayor’s Office and Co-Founder, AssistHub


  • Dr. K. Shakira Washington, Vice President of Advocacy & Research, National Crittenton
  • Dr. Stephanie Wood-Garnett, President, Institute for Student Achievement (ISA)
  • Mia Bonta, CEO, Oakland Promise



Patrice Berry

Patrice Berry, Executive Advisor, Oakland Mayor’s Office and Co-Founder, AssistHub

For the last fifteen years, Patrice has been on a mission to disrupt the opportunity gaps that deny marginalized communities the transformative power of education and economic empowerment. Today, as Co-Founder of AssistHub, Patrice is building a tech-based organization in Oakland, CA that eases the process of obtaining public benefits in California. Patrice also serves as an Executive Advisor in Oakland’s Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf, where she heads a postsecondary and workforce success strategy that emphasizes the importance of equity-driven innovation and multi-sector collaboration. Prior to Oakland, Patrice was the Director of College Track East Palo Alto, and the director of a student success center in Philadelphia, where she co-founded Leaders of Change — a social entrepreneurship program that helps prepare Pell-eligible, first generation students for success in college, career, and life. Patrice earned her B.A. in political science from Swarthmore College and holds an M.Ed from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves as advisory board member of Hack the Hood, and is on the Board of Directors for both Mount Tamalpais College and Moneythink.



Dr. K. Shakira Washington

Dr. K. Shakira Washington, Vice President of Advocacy & Research, National Crittenton

K. Shakira Washington, Ph.D., is Vice President of Advocacy & Research at National Crittenton. Dr. Washington has combined community organizing, advocacy, and behavioral research to address the social, economic, and political inequities faced by marginalized communities with a specific focus on communities of color. Her work has included training and engaging youth and community members in participatory action research (PAR), facilitating discussions between communities most impacted by harmful policies and practices and decision makers, and working in collaboration with others to design and implement studies focused on issues such as cancer and HIV/AIDS prevention and the role of adversity during childhood on individual and community outcomes. Her most recent work has focused on social, program and policy change for girls, young women and gender expansive youth who have been exposed to various forms of adversity and violence and the challenges they face as a result of these experiences, including youth homelessness, school disconnection and pushout, intergenerational poverty, and juvenile justice and child welfare involvement. Her work is focused on engaging youth as leaders of social change that seeks to shift existing narratives that are antithetical to health, healing and overall well-being. Dr. Washington received her bachelor’s degree in Urban Studies from San Francisco State University, master’s degree in Public Administration from New York University, Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service, and her doctorate in Behavioral and Community Health from the University of Maryland, College Park, School of Public Health.

Dr. Stephanie Wood-Garnett

Dr. Stephanie Wood-Garnett, President, Institute for Student Achievement (ISA)

Dr. Stephanie Wood-Garnett is the President of the Institute for Student Achievement (ISA). Before joining ISA, she served as the Vice President of Policy to Practice for the Alliance for Excellent Education. Over the course of nearly 30 years in education, Wood-Garnett has also served in a variety of roles at the local, state, and national levels including as the assistant commissioner of higher education for New York State where she played a pivotal role in leading Race to the Top initiatives focused on the teacher and leader professional learning and educator licensure; executive director of the District of Columbia’s State Personnel Development Grant; and as executive director of Exemplary Programs, including Title I, II, III for Bellevue (WA) School District. As leader of federal grants and programs, she also successfully directed two national technical assistance centers funded by the U.S. Department of Education, including the Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement at Learning Point Associates and the IDEA Local Implementation by Local Administrators Project at the Council for Exceptional Children.

Dr. Wood-Garnett holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Dartmouth College, a Master of Science in Higher Education Administration from The George Washington University, and a Doctorate of Education in Education Policy and Administration from the University of Pennsylvania. She currently serves on several national boards including the Global Science of Learning Education Network and the Learning Policy Institute’s Science of Learning & Development Design Principles Advisory Board. Her most important accomplishment, however, is raising four girls along with her husband.

Mia Bonta

Mia Bonta, CEO, Oakland Promise

Mia has spent her career advocating for students and working families. After moving to Alameda, CA, more than 20 years ago, Mia worked for and led several nonprofit organizations focused on improving educational outcomes for low-income students.

Mia currently serves as the CEO of Oakland Promise, a cradle-to-college and career preparation initiative across Oakland public schools. She has seen firsthand how the systems in our state — from education and the criminal justice system to health care and housing — often fail to provide for those they’re intended to serve.

Growing up, Mia moved 13 times in 16 years, and with every move she carried what was most precious to her: a crate of books. Education was the one constant in her life, and Mia was fortunate to attend schools that would foster her love of learning and offer her a caring community of teachers and administrators committed to her success. For Mia, education was life-changing, and was what first inspired Mia to become a public servant.

In 2018, Mia was elected to the Alameda Unified School District School Board, and she currently serves as Board President. In addition to her professional work, Mia has served as a PTA member, a school site council member, a member of Alameda Free Library Foundation, and an active community member. Mia also serves as a delegate for the district to the California Democratic Party, worked on several campaigns dedicated to electing progressive labor candidates, and served on the AD-18 Advisory Committees for Women, Education, and Early Childhood.

Mia lives in Alameda with her husband Rob and three children, the youngest of whom attend Alameda public schools.

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