District 7 Director

Phone: 510-879-1947


Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. Thompson holds Bachelor's Degrees in French and Rhetoric from UC Davis, and both a Master’s Degree in Education and Doctorate in Education from the University of San Francisco.

Dr. Clifford Thompson

District 7 Director

1st Term Ends: January 6, 2025


Dr. Clifford Thompson is an Oroville, CA native. He is one of 19 children. He attended elementary school through high school in Oroville, and after graduating from Las Plumas High School, he went on to attend and graduate from UC Davis.


He served as an assistant professor at Patten University, where he was the Leadership Chair in the Education Department. While at Patten, Dr. Thompson taught Value and Ethics, Effective Communication, Human Resources, Educational Law, School Finance, and Multicultural Seminar.


Dr. Thompson has worked in the field of education for 40 years. He has work as a classroom teacher and Teacher on Special Assignment for 17 years, and an administrator for 20 years. Presently, Dr. Thompson is working as an Educational Consultant and 5th grade teacher in the West Contra Costa Unified School District. He works with schools on systems alignment by developing processes and procedures that can be implemented universally. Additionally, Dr. Thompson tutors children who are part of a community tutoring project in the East Oakland area, where he presently resides.

District 7 Public Schools

  • District Schools

    • ACORN Woodland (K-5)
    • Brookfield (K-5)
    • Elmhurst United (6-8)
    • EnCompass Academy (K-5)
    • Esperanza (K-5)
    • Fred T. Korematsu Discovery Academy (K-5)
    • Grass Valley (TK-5)
    • Madison Park Lower Campus, formerly Sobrante Park (K-5)
    • Madison Park Upper Campus, formerly Madison (6-9)
    • New Highland Academy (K-5)
    • Oakland Academy of Knowledge (OAK) (K-5)
    • REACH Academy (TK-5)
    • RISE (K-5)
    • Castlemont (9-12)
    • Rudsdale Continuation School (11-12)
    • Sojourner Truth Independent Study


    Charter Schools

    • Bay Area Technology School (6-12)
    • Cox Academy - Education for Change (K-5)*
    • Lighthouse Community Charter School (K-8)
    • Lighthouse Community Charter High School (9-12)
    • LPS Oakland R&D (9-12)
    • Lionel Wilson College Preparatory Academy (6-12)
    • Monarch Academy (K-5)


    *Charter approved by the Alameda County Board of Education