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Strive Survive Succeed will be holding our 3rd Annual Fundraiser luncheon where we will be able to bring awareness to the organization and raise funds for our programs. Hope to see you there!

Silent Auction: To help raise additional funds for the organization we will be holding a silent auction online and at the luncheon. 

Auction items include Disneyland tickets, wine tasting experiences, gift certificates and so much more. Keep checking back to see new featured items that are added. 

About the Speakers:

Superintendent Karen Monroe is the Superintendent of Schools of Alameda County. Karen understands the power of education to change and even save lives. She has dedicated herself to ensuring that students and families are seen, valued, and have access to vital educational opportunities and supports.

The power of learning has been a constant in her life. She proudly stands on the shoulders of four generations who have called the Bay Area home. Her mother and grandmother were teachers in this community before her and she is deeply committed to promoting the highest quality education for every student.

From her beginnings as the Bay Area Liaison for A Better Chance, through forming the non-profit Educational Technology Training Institute, to becoming an Oakland teacher and principal, School Improvement Grant coordinator, Director of Academics for Seneca Center, and now Associate Superintendent of Education for Alameda County, Karen has remained deeply committed to advocating and leading for the best educational outcomes for all students.

She has also used her skill as an educational leader to innovate and introduce major initiatives to help increase mental health services in schools and designed a system of support to aid in the effective communication between educators and behavioral health providers. She was recognized for her outstanding work in significantly improving achievement outcomes for students.

Karen holds a degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California, a teaching credential from Holy Names University, and her administrative credential from the national New Leaders educational leadership program. She resides in Oakland and has two adult children.

Christopher P. Chatmon serves as Deputy Chief of Equity for the Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and was named as a "Leader to Learn From" by Education Week magazine. Chatmon was selected as a Campaign for Black Male Achievement “National Social Innovation Accelerator” because he is committed to improving life outcomes for all youth and especially African American males. Chatmon is passionate about uplifting the African American community and has dedicated his career and life work to creating pathways of success within Oakland and beyond. His inspirational leadership motivates educators and community members to engage, encourage, and empower young people regardless of gender or non-gender identity, race, class, or nationality.

A special thank you to all of our Sponsors and Donors!

Thank you to all of our generous sponsors for their continued support with Strive Survive Succeed.