A close head shot of a middle-aged man with short, light brown hair and a gotee wearing a blue blazer and a white shirt, smiling, with a gray background.

Jonathan Klein

Job Title
Co-Founder
Company
Great Oakland Public Schools
Corps Year: 
1997
Corps Region: 
Los Angeles
Alumni Region: 
Bay Area
Awards: 
Peter Jennings Award

Jonathan Klein is the Co-Founder of Great Oakland (GO) Public Schools. In fall 2008, Jonathan began working with parents, educators, and community allies to develop the network and organization to advance GO's vision of an Oakland where all children receive the schooling and support they need to live successful, fulfilling lives. He served as GO’s founding Executive Director in Oakland until transitioning in Fall 2015 to lead GO’s statewide efforts to build a multi-city network of local coalitions working to dramatically expand access to quality education in California’s most historically underserved communities.

Prior to GO, Jonathan served as Chief Program Officer at the Rogers Family Foundation where he was responsible for investment strategy and partnerships to increase educational opportunity and student achievement in the city of Oakland. In addition, Jonathan served as Teach For America's Bay Area Executive Director, worked as Special Assistant to the State Administrators in Oakland Unified, served as Lecturer at the Haas School of Business on nonprofit leadership and management, taught elementary school in Compton Unified, and co-founded the Oakland Public Education Fund and Revolution Foods. In 2013, Jonathan was named a national “Change Agent of the Year” by the New Schools Venture Fund and was a finalist for the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership. Jonathan is a fully credentialed teacher and received a B.A. in history from Yale University—where he served as student body president—and an M.B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley.