With more than 18 years of public sector experience working in student services and management consulting, she has always held her focus in youth and education. Her career extends policy, project management, program development, community outreach and financial administration. Her experience in education began and built from her work with the City of Oakland, University of California Davis and the California School Boards Association. She also served the California Governor’s Office as a Governor Appointee to the Board of Behavioral Sciences for the Department of Consumer Affairs.
Most recently, she served a term as Executive Director for the Umoja Community Education Foundation, a non-profit promoting student success around culturally, relevant curriculum based in the African and African American diaspora to support students attending California community colleges. In her role, she orchestrated and earned the Umoja program a first-time line item in the California State Budget with a $2.5M allocation, $250K grant from the California Wellness Foundation and over $1.5M in grant funds from the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office. Currently, she serves as an Independent Contractor for the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office as well as an Advisory Board Member to The Hawk Institute.
Mrs. Assagai earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Behavioral Science with an emphasis in Educational Program Development from the University of California Davis; Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Southern California; Certificate in Change Leadership from Cornell University; and currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership at the University of California Davis.
“Serving on the Board of Directors with the dedicated and passionate founders is a privilege I do not take lightly, but one that I passionately embrace and look forward to contributing to the organization’s growth. Serving the beautiful young ladies is an honor especially doing it alongside women who are deeply committed to the mission and goals of Sisters of Nia.”