Jody London has represented North Oakland on the Board of Education since 2009, having been re-elected to a second term in 2012. London is a recognized leader on the Board, having served as Vice President in 2011, becoming President mid-way through 2011 and serving in that role through 2012. She is serving as Vice President again in 2015.
London brings her background in public policy, the built environment, and community outreach and facilitation to her work on the Board. She is the author of policies and bylaws on citizen advisory committees, management of physical assets, and community engagement around facilities projects.
London's involvement with Oakland Unified began in 2004, when her older child was in kindergarten at the neighborhood elementary school (both her children continue to attend neighborhood schools). London led the effort at the school to replace aging portables with the first school building in California to receive matching grants from the State for being green-certified. Along the way, she co-chaired the 2006 Measure B campaign, a $435 million bond. London also has helped pass the Measure G (2009) and Measure N (2014) parcel taxes, and Measure J, the 2012 renewal of the general obligation bond for capital projects. Prior to joining the School Board, London served on the Measure B Citizens Bond Oversight Committee.
Since 2013, London has served as one of Oakland's two representatives to the California School Boards Association. In this capacity, she has been invited to serve on committees addressing partnership with business, implementation of the Local Control Funding Formula, and adequate funding for K-12 public schools.
London's professional experience is in State policy. She works with local government and non-profit organizations on strategic planning, communication, and advocacy on environmental sustainability and energy issues. Much of her current work involves State energy regulatory agencies.
London holds a B.A. in English, with high honors, from UC Berkeley, and a Master in Public Administration from Columbia University.
London was elected Vice President of the Board, by her colleagues, on January 7, 2019.
London was elected President of the Board, by her colleagues, on January 6, 2020.
District 1 Public Schools
- Chabot (K-5)
- Claremont (6-8)
- Emerson (TK-5)
- Hillcrest (K-8)
- Kaiser (K-5)
- Peralta (K-5)
- Piedmont Avenue (K-5)
- Sankofa (TK-7)
- Oakland International (9-12)
- Oakland Technical (9-12)
- Oakland Technical Fashion AcademyTemporary Alternative Placement (TAP) Center
- Aspire Berkeley Maynard Academy (K-8)
- North Oakland Community Charter School (K-8)
- Oakland Military Institute College Preparatory Academy (6-12)
- Yu Ming School (K-8)*
- *Charter approved by the Alameda County Board of Education