Roxanne Rose

Roxanne Rose is the Assistant Principal at Achieve Academy, Education for Change Public Schools.

“Being a Surge Fellow means being in community with dynamic, critically engaged educational leaders who have a shared vision of collective responsibility for the success of our often overlooked and underserved students. It means having efficacy and building up a network of accomplices while having a safe space to have authentic conversations with other leaders of color in Oakland. The Surge Fellowship is a place for me to stand bold in my convictions, unpack my own identity within the context of the dominant narrative, and build up my own skills and literacy on how to disrupt, reimagine and rebuild oppressive educational systems. For me, I chose Surge because it’s a space to reignite a sense of hope and healing within this work. It is a committed system of care and support that will have a lasting impact as I continue to serve our students and lead the teachers of Oakland.”



Miranda Tsang

Miranda Tsang is the Literacy Partnerships Program Manager at BUILD.

“Surge is an opportunity to bridge resources for our community by understanding the true value of our lived experiences, and, for me personally, to work toward a future better than the one I saw growing up in the Bay.”



Tyfahra Singleton

Tyfahra Singleton is the Executive Director at Camp Phoenix.

“I hope to amplify my impact with a professional network of leaders of color for whom, like me, equity is a personal mission.”



Aijeron Simmons

Aijeron Simmons is the Program Manager at the Office of Social and Emotional Learning, Oakland Unified School District.

“I see this fellowship as the opportunity to connect to other leaders of color in order to establish a shared understanding of what transformational leadership means for leaders of color working toward a tomorrow where youth of color have all the support they need to thrive. After the fellowship year is complete the work of the community is beginning and merging with the work of fellows in the previous cohorts. The Surge movement is a network of leaders committed to action, elevating the accomplishments of leaders of color and encouraging more people of color to move into leadership roles -nourishing the momentum of a movement.”



Gabriel Sanchez

Gabriel Sanchez is the Dean of Instruction at Education for Change.

“I see the Surge Fellowship as a mechanism for change that has no definite limits in terms of its sphere of influence, but as a manifestation of the legacies of our ancestors. A movement that combines force and cariño (care) to not only develop the academic but cultivate the human from within. I envision the Surge Fellowship as a sanctuary for people of color to reclaim their identity, heal, indigenize schools, challenge white supremacy, decolonize systems, and empower disenfranchised communities. Having traversed the field of education as a cisgender male, Latino, student, educator, and teacher educator, I have cherished the invaluable perspective and wisdom provided from folks of color as medicine and fuel. To be afforded this support, space, and expertise on a professional level would be monumental. I have aspirations to create a national replicable school model that will be centered around the work that I am doing at my current site. ”



Alyssa Munson-Hernandez

Alyssa Munson-Hernandez is the Assistant Principal at Epic Middle School, Education For Change.

“I chose to apply to the Surge Fellowship to better prepare myself to agitate the spaces I move through as a leader of color in education. My hope is that through the relationships formed and the training experienced, that my lens will be sharpened and my voice will be clarified and amplified on behalf of my community.”



Darryl McDavid

Darryl McDavid is the Admissions Specialist at Year Up.

“If movements such as the civil rights and smaller grassroots movements have exemplified anything it’s the power of a community response, which is a large part of why I’d like to be a part of the Surge movement. Because I believe there are issues affecting communities of color that can’t be changed unless we all do our parts to push these changes forward. Additionally, I believe education is one of the most important steps in empowering others and a lack of education prevents individuals from realizing their full potential. Lastly, I’m ready to stop watching from the sidelines and to take action and play a role in opening doors to opportunities for young people of color that have been closed for all the wrong reasons. ”



Erik Martinez

Erik Martinez is the Manager, LGBTQ Support Services at San Francisco Unified School District.

“Leadership for people of color must be centered in community and relationships. It is the idea that if we are all to create the greatest impact in our communities and in ourselves, this must be done in relationship and solidarity with others. I want to be part of Surge because I work in an educational system that has historically marginalized peoples from which I come from – Mexican-descent and queer. Identities that are in constant conflict in the public education system. Now as an adult and in a leadership position, I often feel the same isolation I experienced when I was a student. Being part of Surge will help invigorate how I show up and help me feel connected to a larger movement toward justice.”



Zuleica Lopez

“I want to join the Surge movement to be part of a community of leaders of color. I want to engage in learning experiences that are identity affirming, that reminds us to recognize the power in our unique narratives, to grow and be inspired by the collective impact we are all having in education and push ourselves to new heights. When we are able to see ourselves as a force, then we live into our strengths and are able to make bolder changes. The belief in ourselves then fuels our ability to influence the growth and achievement of others and then they too will go on to do the same- creating a ripple effect that extends beyond our sightline. It’s a beautiful cycle, whereby the liberation of us all, begins with liberating ourselves.”



Jane Lee

Jane Lee is the Program Manager at Alameda County of Education.

“I am looking forward to sharing stories and learning alongside leaders of color who are passionate about serving students better, through the field of education. Through this fellowship, I hope to stay humble and also build up my understanding of systems of power in education.”