Maribel Gonzalez joined Educate78 in June 2018. Maribel started her career in education as a public school teacher in the Bronx, New York teaching 5th/6th grade bilingual for recent arrival children from Latin America.
Maribel Gonzalez joined Educate78 in June 2018. Maribel started her career in education as a public school teacher in the Bronx, New York teaching 5th/6th grade bilingual for recent arrival children from Latin America. Most recently, she was the Deputy Director at Kids Coalition, an advocacy organization creating a kids-first agenda and a new right to a high quality public education for all students in Los Angeles. Previously, she was the California Managing Director at Students for Education Reform (SFER), where she led campaign development and trainings for college students to become grassroots organizers and fight for equitable schools and policies. Prior to SFER, she was the Program Manager at the Chamberlin Family Foundation where she led the advocacy and community engagement work for the foundation.
Maribel’s organizing background began at Parent Revolution where she helped low-income parents organize to implement California’s Parent Trigger law in addition to other school turnaround campaigns. Her commitment to transforming failing schools is rooted in the academic inequities and abysmal conditions she experienced while attending Locke High School in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles. This experience sparked her unyielding dedication to individual and community empowerment. Maribel obtained her bachelors from UCLA, a Master’s in Education from Pace University, and her Juris Doctorate at the UCLA School of Law. In law school, she was a clinical intern at the Learning Rights Law Center and participated in the David J. Epstein Program in Public Interest Law and Policy.
Born in Mexico, raised in Los Angeles, Maribel’s commitment to the East Bay began when she moved here 7 years ago. She’s inspired by the dedication of Oakland families and educators to fight for their children’s future.