In 2010, the residents of Oakland voted Jean Quan as their 49th mayor. Quan is Oakland’s first female mayor and first Chinese Amerian mayor. In addition, she is the first female Asian American mayor of a major U.S. city. Her efforts, achievements, and dedication to public service are deep-rooted in Oakland. Quan’s family established themselves in Oakland shortly after the devastating earthquake of 1906. She has been resident of Oakland for over 32 years. She is a three-term member of the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education and two-term Oakland City Councilmember. She was the first Asian American woman to serve on the Council. Quan is also recognized nationally as a spokesperson for immigrant and urban children. She truly believes in the city she calls home. Both of Quan’s children graduated from Oakland public schools.
When Quan acted as a School Board member, she led education reform efforts. She started by restoring music and the arts, reducing class-size, instituting higher graduation standards and community service requirements, developing school-to-career programs, and modernizing playgrounds. She led campaign efforts for two facility bond measures totaling half a billion dollars and two parcel tax measures that provide over $14 million a year to classrooms. These efforts have proven that she is capable of developing solutions for the city and enhancing its potential. This type of leadership and efforts was recognized on a national level as well. As an Oakland School Board member, Quan was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the Title 1 Committee, representing large urban schools. She became Chair-Emeritus of the National School Boards Association’s Council of Urban Boards of Education and served on the Executive Committee of the Council of Great City Schools Executive Committee. As a National Kellogg Foundation Fellow, Quan traveled to cities throughout the United States and learned how cities partnered with their school districts to improve education.
Tramai Entertainment is proud to announce Mayor Jean Quan as a speaker at the annual CMIS on June 8th, 2012.
Story Contributed by CMIS Staff Writer N.M. Solomon