Michael De Sousa

Managing Director, Programs

My Story

I am the youngest son of Azorean immigrants who settled in the Bay Area in 1961. My parents came to the US hoping to provide a better life for our family.

In many ways, my graduation from college was a dream realized for my family. Unfortunately, my story is the exception rather than the rule.

Having served as a teacher, school leader, and educational researcher, I understand the profound impact of quality schools and the harm caused by racist education systems.

I joined the Oakland REACH so all families have access to the educational opportunities our children deserve.

Favorite Food

Tacos al Pastor