Amber Childress is a marketing techie, public speaker, and community advocate. She was raised in Oakland and has spent the majority of her life in the East Bay, attending Oakland public schools and Mills College. From her school-age years through adulthood, Amber has benefited from programs like Upward Bound, A Better Chance, and the Oakland Mayor’s Summer Jobs Program which fueled her desire to fight for quality education and opportunities for all students. The support she received in school and from her extended family taught her to embrace the idea that “It takes a village to raise a child”.
Childress is a longtime volunteer with Girls Inc. of Alameda County, serving as a mentor, committee member, and class volunteer. She was selected as the recipient of the 2016 Powerful Women of the Bay Innovator Award and in 2017 she received the Jefferson Award for Public Service. She is also a proud alumnae of EmergeCA. Amber currently serves on the Oakland Unified School District Measure G Citizens Oversight Committee and as a Trustee on the Alameda County Board of Education in 2016 for a 4 year term.
In this episode, Amber speaks about her role on the Alameda County Board of Education, how she decided to run for office and the supports she sought along the way to get there. Amber also discusses the County Board’s role as an appellate board and how she thinks about and actualizes her responsibility to serve her constituents.
05:00 — Trustee Childress comes to Oakland!
07:15 — A Better Chance
11:00 — A Vision Board for the BoE and Staff
15:45 — Cuts, cuts, cuts
18:15 — Connecting with Constituents
26:00 — ACOE at its Best
37:00 — Campaigning and Elections, and the Emerge Program
47:10 — #kidsnotpolitics during Board discussions
57:50 — ACOE in Support of Oakland & OUSD
1:18:45 — Looking back on a First term
1:31:45 — The Five-ish Questions