Jamal has been an educator for over 25 years, dedicated to making learning joyful and relevant for underserved youth. He began his education career as a snowboard instructor in Olympic Valley California and never forgot the power of true engagement in the learning process. As a classroom teacher at Malcolm X Academy and Golden Gate Elementary schools in San Francisco, he centered instruction on real world learning in preparation for outdoor excursions to Yosemite and the Point Reyes National Seashore and his students thrived. He served as the principal for five different schools and then went on to become an Associate Superintendent, supporting site leadership teams at several charter schools in Oakland. He has held roles outside of the school system helping to develop innovative new school models while working for NewSchools Venture Fund and serving at risk youth during the out of school time as the VP of Clubhouses and High School Programs at the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Peninsula.
Most recently Jamal served as the Chief Academic Officer at Life Learning Academy. Jamal holds a Multiple Subjects Teaching Credential, an Administrative Services Credential, a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Santa Cruz, a Masters degree in Education from UC Berkeley and a Doctoral degree in Education Leadership from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is a proud husband and father of three amazing daughters. He lives in Santa Rosa and is enjoying all of the outdoor recreational opportunities California has to offer.