Welcome to Surge Oakland.
Empowering and connecting
leaders of color in the Bay Area.
The Oakland Surge Fellowship identifies and cultivates promising African-American, Latinx and Asian/Pacific Islander talent to enhance their expertise and aptitude while empowering them to transform the education ecosystem. Fellows hone:
Navigating Education History & Politics
Proclaiming Your Authentic Story/Background
Strategic Relationship Management
The fellowship encompasses a combination of content areas and learning experiences to broaden exposure and accelerate skill and leadership development. High-profile leaders in education and other industries are faculty members and informal advisers to the network of Surge Fellows.
This experience is curated to generate both individual and collective transformation through healing and a reclamation of our leadership narratives, centered on the power and strength of our racial and ethnic identities and how they supremely qualify us to impact the communities and students we serve.
Surge Oakland Leadership
A passionate career educator, Michelle Seijas, Ed.D, served as a school leader for more than a decade before joining the Surge leadership team as the Oakland Executive Director. Michelle has previously served as a school principal and as a district-level administrator. She has earned her Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of California-Davis. Michelle is passionate about serving youth and communities of color and carries that passion with her into elevating and empowering Oakland’s emerging education leaders.