November 2, 2023

3rd Mayors’ Circle


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About the Event

City of Hayward Mayor Mark Salinas joined The Education Trust–West, California Volunteers, and the Northern California College Promise Coalition (NCCPC) to host the 3rd Mayors’ Circle – a convening of elected and public officials committed to strengthening education equity for students in the region.

A wide array of city, state, and national leaders discussed education as a pathway to economic mobility and ending poverty in California along with postsecondary leaders, employers, funders, and NCCPC’s coalition members.


  • Over 80 in-person and Zoom attendees.
  • Several elected officials and community leaders committed to supporting the Education City Initiative including Hayward Mayor Mark Salinas who unveiled the City of Hayward’s Proclamation.
  • Several city, county, and state leaders shared the importance of embedding the value of education in local governments and elevating partnerships to eliminate poverty and enhance quality of life.

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5 hours 32 minutes

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  • Hayward Mayor Mark Salinas
  • Libby Schaaf, 50th Mayor of Oakland
  • San Fernando Mayor Celeste Rodriguez
  • Assemblymember Mia Bonta (AD 18)
  • Assemblymember Liz Ortega (AD 20)
  • Cindy Chavez, Supervisor (D5), Santa Clara County
  • Devon Gray, President of End Poverty in California
  • Dr. April Grommo, Assistant Vice Chancellor for. Enrollment Management Services for the California State University
  • Sandra Williams-Hamp, Executive Director of Graduate, Undergraduate, and Equity Affairs for the University of California Office of the President
  • Jamal A. Cooks, Ph.D., President, Chabot College
  • Dr. Theresa Fleischer Rowland, Vice Chancellor of Educational Services & Student Success, Chabot-Las Positas Community College District 
  • Dr. Rob Williams, Dean, College of Education and Allied Studies, Cal State East Bay
  • Dr. Rowena Tomaneng, President, San Jose City College

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“With the promise coalition you all have been able to really take that [cradle-to-career] work and make sure that it is something that will live and grow and be something that California’s children can count on and depend on.”

Assemblymember Mia Bonta (AD 18)

“This is our moment of recommitting ourselves to this work…

This is why we were all put on this planet — to make sure that the next generation is better off.”

50th Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf


On November 2nd, nearly 100 mayors, elected officials, non-profit, college, CBO, and policy partners came together at Chabot College. NCCPC thanks Hayward Mayor Mark Salinas, San Fernando Mayor Celeste Rodriguez, Milpitas Mayor Carmen Montano, Stockton Vice Mayor Kimberly Warmsley, and San Jose City Councilmember Arjun Batra for attending. We also thank Assemblymember Mia Bonta (AD 18) and Assemblymember Liz Ortega (AD 20) for speaking and sharing their support of college promise coalitions and collective impact efforts to end poverty in California.

Together, we participated in a Data Equity Walk, where we dove into education data. “Having those numbers gives the opportunity….to identify solutions,” said Santa Clara County Supervisor Cindy Chavez. Nik Howard with Reinvent Stockton Foundation and an NCCPC Steering Committee member commented, “Thank you…for grounding us in the stark reality of our data and bringing us into the optimism to do something about it.” 

Following the Data Equity Walk, we had an opportunity to hear from a panel of leaders on the topic Strong Economy, Thriving Democracy, and Healthy Communities.  The panelists elevated the intersection of poverty and education and highlighted the critical need for collective partnerships. 

At the close of the event, Assemblymember Liz Ortega delivered the Call to Action: 

  1. Become an Education City — Pass a Resolution and use NCCPC’s Toolkit
  2. Commit to supporting K16 and P20 initiatives by taking one or more specific actions this academic year, (eg promote CalKids) and
  3. Partner with your local coalitions, CSAs, college promises, and other service providers (eg scholarships, CBOs)

Many leaders shared that they are already answering this call with initiatives in progress in their cities and school districts. We invite you all, as Education Champions, to commit to one of the calls to action!


AFSCME Local 3299
Assemblymember Liz Ortega’s Office
Assemblymember Mia Bonta’s Office
Bay Area Community College Consortium
Blue Shield of California
Breakthrough Silicon Valley
California Competes
California CSA Coalition
California State University
California Student Aid Commission
California Volunteers Fund
Campaign for College Opportunity
Central Valley Community Foundation
Chabot-Las Positas Community College District
Chabot College
City of Hayward
City of Oakland
City of Rancho Cordova
City of San Fernando
City of San Jose

College of Education & Allied Studies at Cal State East Bay
College Promise
CSU East Bay
East Side Union High School District
Eden Area ROP
Elevate Tutoring
End Poverty in California (EPIC)
Equality California
Excite Credit Union
Foundation for a College Education
GO Public Schools
Golden State Warriors Community Foundation
GRACE/End Child Poverty California
Golden State Warriors
Hayward Promise Neighborhoods
ICA Fund
Improve Your Tomorrow
KIPP Public Schools Northern California
Latino Education Advancement Foundation
LEAD Filipino
National League of Cities

Oakland Mayor Sheng Thao’s Office
Oakland Promise
Oakland Undivided
Office of Mayor Steinberg
Richmond Promise
San Francisco Department of Children, Youth and Their Families
San Jose City College
San Jose Public Library
San Jose-Evergreen Community College District
Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors
Santa Clara University
ScholarShare Investment Board
Silicon Valley Education Foundation
Sobrato Philanthropies
Students Rising Above
The Education Trust – West
The NROC Project
UC Office of the President
UC Santa Cruz Educational Partnership Center

A Word From the Attendees

“Thank you all — to every city, Mayor, and coalition who has dedicated their life to ensure every child has their arm wrapped around them from cradle to career.”

Assemblymember Mia Bonta, Assembly District 18

“I don’t think we can have a conversation about ending poverty without talking about our kids and education… We need local leaders at the head of the table — you know what it takes to implement the policies Sacramento passes.”

Devon Gray, President, Ending Poverty on California

“The collaboration between us in education, practitioners, educators, and with city leaders, nonprofits, industry partners, is crucial to ensure we have investments (in this work).”

Dr. Rowena Tomaneg, President, San Jose City College

“This is our moment of recommitting ourselves to this work…This is why we were all put on this planet — to make sure that the next generation is better off.”

50th Mayor of Oakland Libby Schaaf

“Stockton must be at this table! Love to see all of this!”

Stockton Vice Mayor Kimberly Warmsley

“I believe that education is the great equalizer…”

Councilmember Arjun Bantra, City of San Jose, District 10

“Yes! This is fantastic! We need community college training the staff for local, state and federal public sector jobs!”

Randi Kay Stephens, City of Rancho Cordova

“I want to offer my encouragement to everyone here. While many communities have P-20 collaborative, there are no other regional collaboratives quite like this one. Here at the National League of Cities we stand ready to support all of you in this critical work.”

Mike Bartlett, Program Manager, National League of Cities

Learn more about our annual Mayors’ Circles