Message from the CEO


Education for Change Public Schools (EFC) was born in 2005 as a partnership between the Oakland Unified School District and leadership in the education reform community to transform Oakland Unified School District’s failing elementary schools. Our original goal was to reverse the patterns of performance and privilege we so often see in Oakland’s public schools by leveraging the flexibilities provided by charter law.

I joined Education for Change in July of 2011, charged with the task of building on the strengths of the organization and helping to move EFC to be even more impactful and effective. As a leader in the Oakland Unified School District, I had the privilege of leading the “Small Schools Movement” and OUSD’s turnaround initiative to close failing schools and replace them with new high-performing schools. I feel honored to now be leading what I believe to be one of the most agile and visionary charter management organizations in California.  EFC is an organization filled with passionate, thoughtful and driven leaders who stand together committed to excellent educational outcomes and equitable educational opportunities for every child in Oakland.

Our Board, our leadership, and our stakeholders have come together around a three-year strategic plan that doubles-down on instruction and moves resources – time, people, leadership, dollars – to building capacity of staff to accelerate student learning through a rigorous instructional program.  We must ensure that our children have the skills, knowledge and agency to succeed and lead in the 21st Century.

We look forward to nurturing our growing network, inspiring our schools to innovate and iterate, and continuing to partner with community partners to improve the quality of public education in Oakland. Thank you for taking an interest in our work –we are always excited to be able to share our work, to develop new friendships and partnerships, and to grow the community of education advocates invested in educating for change.

-Hae-Sin Thomas

CEO, Education for Change