President’s “My Brother’s Keeper” aide visits Oakland’s AAMA program for ideas

On March 12, 2014, Oakland Local followed David John, executive director of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African-Americans, on his visit to Oakland schools where he learned from the successes and challenges of the African American Male Achievement Initiative, a program seed funded by The San Francisco Foundation. “Oakland Unified took a chance on a new kind of civil rights initiative,” said Lisa Villarreal, Education Program Officer at The San Francisco Foundation. “In two short years we are seeing dramatic results.”