Leslye Salinas is the Business Manager at Roses in Concrete Community School.
“I want to be part of the Surge Fellowship because I want to be in a space with likeminded individuals who want to make a difference in the community and with the next generation. I believe that my participation in Surge will allow me to expand my toolkit and create connections with people that otherwise I might not cross paths with due to limited representation. That is the current status quo, and we need to dismantle that and create spaces where educators that reflect the communities we serve.”
Leslye Salinas is deeply passionate about families of color. As a Bay Area-raised immigrant, Leslye uses education as a tool to create and promote opportunities for families of color. Through her time studying at the University of California, Berkeley and University of San Francisco she found her passion for educating and supporting the whole family. She recently finished her study focused on supports needed for newcomer students and completed her doctoral journey. Leslye is committed to use her knowledge and skills to support families.
For the last six year, Leslye has been a founding staff member at Roses in Concrete Community School and now helping lead the process to merge a charter school with a traditional district school. She has been focusing her work on creating culturally competent and community responsive school operation procedures and practices. Through establishing partnerships with community-based organizations, Leslye has been able to establish a food pantry, laundry room and resource fairs for her school-based families.
Leslye lives in Richmond and serves the Oakland community. She has served on the National Council of Sigma Pi Alpha Sorority, Inc. for seven years. She enjoys spending time with family and traveling to visit family. She is currently developing a program to be a life coach for first-generation women of color working in the public sector.