• District 7OUSD
    President James Harris
    Second Term Ends: January 4, 2021

    James Harris
    James Harris became the District 7 Board Trustee on January 7, 2013 and will serve a four year term. He is an Oakland native, a former teacher, and a small business owner.

    James studied Literature at Georgia State University, and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Communication from Santa Clara University (SCU). His passion for education began when, at the age of 16, he worked as a teaching assistant at the Aim High Summer Program. Aim High is dedicated to preparing middle-school aged children from low-income communities for success in high school and beyond.

    He did every job in the program from intern to master teacher and finally site director. After graduating from SCU, and while still a Summer employee at Aim High, he began teaching English at Lick-Wilmerding High School in San Francisco.

    In 2004, Harris left the classroom to pursue his life long dream: a career in advertising and marketing. That same year he established Morgan Media Group (MMG), a brand development and marketing company based in San Francisco. In 2014, MMG celebrated ten years of service in the advertising industry.

    James served on the Aim High Board of Trustees and was a founding board member at Great Oakland Public Schools, a local organization that connects and activates the community to advocate for quality public schools across Oakland.

    “Growing up in East Oakland and later in Atlanta, Georgia, I had lots of opportunities to go down the wrong path. I consider myself fortunate to have avoided that fate, but a story like mine should be the rule and not the exception. Success should not mean having to leave our community. Success should mean coming home,” he says. “I love Oakland, and I'm proud to serve as the District 7 Trustee.”

    Harris was elected, by his colleagues, Vice President of the Board on January 6, 2014; President on January 5, 2015; re-elected President on January 4, 2016.


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  • District Schools

    • Acorn Woodland (K-5)
    • Alliance Academy (6-8)
    • Brookfield (K-5)
    • Elmhurst Community Preparatory (6-8)
    • Encompass Academy (K-5)
    • Esperanza (K-5)
    • Fred T. Korematsu Discovery Academy (K-5)
    • Grass Valley (TK-5)
    • Howard (K-5)
    • Madison Park Lower Campus, formerly Sobrante Park (K-5)
    • Madison Park Upper Campus, formerly Madison (6-9)
    • Monarch Academy (K-5)
    • New Highland Academy (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 Changer* (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