Director Hinton-Hodge is the co-founder of the Parent Leadership and Engagement Academy Initiative (PLEA), a community-building project dedicated to the education and support of West Oakland parents and families.
PLEA is dedicated to creating meaningful and powerful collaboration among parents of all West Oakland schools, a goal that is also served by the West Oakland Education Task Force (WOTEF). As a WOTEF leader, Director Hinton-Hodge has partnered with the school district, individual school sites, community based organizations and small businesses to improve West Oakland schools and support parent leaders in the development of school-specific student advocacy organizations.
Director Hinton-Hodge collaborated with California Tomorrow in the development of programs aimed at increasing parental competencies and ability to navigate the public school system. Her work is grounded in community building and popular education principles. She has also co-facilitated diversity and youth development workshops in conjunction with the Community Network of Youth Development, California Tomorrow and other statewide initiatives.
Director Hinton-Hodge served as the President of the Board for the 7th Street McClymonds Neighborhood Improvement Initiative from 2001 to 2003. She also served on the West Oakland Project Area Committee and co-chaired the Equitable Development Sub-committee from 2002 to 2004. Director Hinton-Hodge represented District Three on the Oakland Children and Youth Planning and Oversight Committee, providing policy and grant allocation for youth services throughout the city of Oakland from 2003 to 2005. Jumoke also heads a community and capacity building effort called Khepera, Inc.
Director Hinton-Hodge holds a Bachelor degree in Black Studies and English from Oberlin College. She is a wife and mother to four children, ranging in ages from 15 to 23 years old.