Chris Chatmon Biography & Presentation

Chris 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. Presently Chatmon serves as the Senior Advisor of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for Oakland Unified School District (OUSD). He previously served as the Executive Director for African American Male Achievement and Deputy Chief of Equity for OUSD. Recently, Chatmon has directed his energies toward co-founding Kingmakers of Oakland (KOO) a non-profit organization committed to improving life outcomes for Black boys. Chatmon was named as a “Leader to Learn From” by Education Week magazine and selected as a Campaign for Black Male Achievement “Social Innovation Accelerator”for his commitment to improving life outcomes for all youth and especially African American males.

Prior to working with OUSD, Chatmon was the Principal of an alternative high school in San Francisco, and Executive Director of Urban Services at the YMCA in Oakland for over 10 years. Chatmon started his career in education teaching history and physical education in the San Francisco Unified School District. Chatmon earned an M.A. in Education and a secondary teaching credential in Social Science from Brown University. He also holds a B.A. in Psychology with a minor in Physical Education from San Francisco State University. He lives in Oakland with his wife and their three sons.


Kingmakers of Oakland: Elevating the lives of Black Boys 
Chris Chatmon will discuss the work that he is leading in Oakland, California around reforming systems to create equity and access for Black boys. He will expound on how this work is being conducted through a nonprofit that he co- founded called Kingmakers of Oakland. Through this targeted strategy, the goal is to transform the educational experience of all students. 
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