November 14, 2022

NCCPC’s 2nd Mayors’
Circle Winter 2022

About the Event

City of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf was joined by City of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, City of San Jose City of Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday and Councilmember Mark Salinas at the Northern California College Promise Coalition’s 2nd Mayors’ Circle – a convening of elected and public officials committed to strengthening education equity for local students. 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.

Event Highlights

  • Over 100 in-person and Zoom attendees.
  • Three cities committed to remain actively involved with NCCPC even with changes in leadership.
  • City of Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, City of San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, City of Hayward Mayor Barbara Halliday and Councilmember Mark Salinas shared the impact of their city’s membership in the coalition, encouraging other cities and counties to participate in NCCPC’s collective impact effort.


Michael Tubbs
Special Advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom for Economic Mobility and Opportunity
Mary Ann Bates
Executive Director of the California Cradle to Career Data System
Ben Chida
Chief Deputy Cabinet Secretary for the Office of Governor Gavin Newsom

thank you to our sponsors

Confirmed attendees

  • 10,000 Degrees
  • ACOE
  • Aim High
  • Beyond 12
  • Blue Shield of California
  • Braven
  • CA Department of Education
  • CA Volunteers, Office of the Governor
  • California Competes
  • California Cradle to Career
  • California Governor’s Office
  • California State University
  • City and County of San Francisco
  • City of Pinole
  • City of Sacramento
  • City of San Jose, Mayor’s Office
  • College Futures Foundation
  • Crankstart Foundation
  • Eastside Education Initiative
  • Education Trust-West
  • Everyday Impact Consulting
  • Excite Credit Union
  • Golden State Warriors Community Foundation
  • Hayward Promise Neighborhoods/Cal State East Bay
  • Hirsch Philanthropy Partners
  • iMentor
  • KIPP Public Schools Northern California
  • Latino Education Advancement Foundation
  • Making Waves Foundation
  • Management Leadership for Tomorrow (MLT)
  • Moneythink
  • Peninsula College Fund
  • Public Advocates
  • Richmond Promise
  • Salesforce
  • San Jose Public Library
  • ScholarMatch
  • Sobrato Philanthropies
  • Students Rising Above
  • Summit Public Schools
  • Teach For America Bay Area
  • The Education Trust—West
  • The James Irvine Foundation
  • The Village Method
  • uAspire
  • UC Office of the President

A Word From the Attendees

“It’s not enough to have mayors, it’s not to have nonprofits, you need to have the institutions themselves at the postsecondary level. We have those institutions at the Cal State level, at the UC level, and at the Community College level.”

“California is the 5th state to pass this bill [AB 288], it took 3 years, and this is just the beginning of what we will create together.”

David Silver, Oakland Mayor’s Office Director of Education and NCCPC Steering Committee Chair

“I learned that the purpose of education isn’t just for one to become financially successful, although that’s a goal some people have. But I think for most of the kids in our promise programs, they understand that their education is tied to community upbringing.”

“The tools you gain in college can actually be used to dismantle, to create, to recreate, to reinvent, if you will, our society. That’s what this work is about. It’s about seeding a promise, not in an answer, but in the young people who provide the answer to many of the problems you see in our community.”

Michael Tubbs, Special Advisor to Gov. Gavin Newsom for Economic Mobility and Opportunity

“Let’s look ahead. What do we want over the next 3 years? I’m going to talk about Partnerships, Pennies, and Power.”

Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf

“We talk alot about equity in our jobs. But the reality is there’s nothing we can do that’s more impactful around equity than this work – making sure that young people, first generation students, students of color, who didn’t have all the opportunities that I had as a young person, to ensure that each and every one of them have all the opportunities that Northern California offers to succeed.”

Mayor Sam Liccardo of San Jose

“By working together through this coalition, we have a much better chance of offering our young people greater opportunities to advance their education and prepare for future careers.”

Mayor Barbara Halliday of Hayward

“California’s Cradle-to-Career Data System is proud to partner with the Northern California College Promise Coalition, ensuring in-depth engagement with students, families, and communities is embedded in our work as we build what is envisioned to be the most inclusive data system of its kind.”

Mary Ann Bates, Executive Director, California’s Office of Cradle-to-Career Data System

“This is a time when strategic collaboration between cities, employers, higher education institutions and funders is vital for the future of state and educational success of our students, the majority who identify as BIPOC, or who fall under the classifications we hear far too often of marginalized, underrepresented and underserved.”

Janae Aptaker, Vice Chair of NCCPC’s Steering Committee and DEI University & Early Career Partnerships Manager for Blue Shield of California

“We’re really honored to be partners with NCCPC, and making sure that we’re reducing barriers to the high-paying jobs of the future.”

Ahmed Ali Bob, Square

Learn more about our 1st Mayors’ Circle