Who We Are

Jeff Duncan-Andrade

Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University and Director of the Educational Equity Initiative at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (ISEEED). In addition to these duties, he continues as a high school teacher in East Oakland where for the past 21 years he has practiced and studied the use of critical pedagogy in urban schools. He currently teaches English Literature at Fremont High School in East Oakland where he directs the East Oakland Step to College Program.

Before joining the faculty at SFSU, Duncan-Andrade taught English and coached in the Oakland public schools for 10 years, and completed his doctoral studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Duncan-Andrade has lectured around the world about the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class children. He works closely with teachers, school site leaders, and school district officials nationally, and as far abroad as Brazil and New Zealand, to help them develop classroom practices and school cultures that foster self-confidence, esteem, and academic success among all students.

His research interests and publications span the areas of urban schooling and curriculum change, urban teacher development and retention, critical pedagogy, and cultural and ethnic studies. He has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters on the conditions of urban education, urban teacher support and development, and effective pedagogy in urban settings that have been published in leading journals such as Harvard Educational Review and Qualitative Studies in Education. He recently completed two books, The Art of Critical Pedagogy: Possibilities for Moving from Theory to Practice in Urban Schools and What a Coach Can Teach a Teacher, with Peter Lang Publishing. These books focus on effective pedagogical strategies for urban schools. He is currently completing his third book on the core competencies of highly effective urban educators with Routledge Press.

Michael Hsieh

Michael Hsieh is a venture capitalist managing investments for Fung Capital USA as its President for over 25 years.  He has served on a number of corporate boards such as Li & Fung (BVI) Ltd., StudioDirect, Kosiuko, Danskin, Cyrk, Albert Kessler, Millwork Trading, BodyFX, Winco, Wilke Rodriguez, Minami International, Wood Associates, Santana, The Lodge at Harvard Square, Prism, ecVision and 500 Friends.

Prior to joining Fung Capital USA in 1986, Michael was a principal at R.H. Chappell Co., a venture capital company in San Francisco investing primarily in technology and bio-tech startups.  He also worked previously for Sun Hung Kai Securities, a major brokerage firm in Hong Kong, and for the Merrill Lynch Investment Banking Group in New York City doing mergers and acquisitions, IPOs and debt financings.

Michael is a founding partner of Karma Pictures, LLC, a media organization developing and producing feature films and documentaries showcasing Asians as leaders and heroes to the American public audience.  Michael also served on the boards of several non-profit organizations, including the Chairman for Center for Asian American Media, Head Royce School, University of San Francisco Center for the Pacific Rim, Wokai and Harvard Club of San Francisco.

Michael has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard College and a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School.

Tonia Hsieh

Tonia Chao Hsieh, Ph.D., has been an advocate for equity and social justice through education and media for nearly 30 years. She is the co-founder of KarMa Pictures, an independent film production company whose mission is to create stereotype-shattering films and to remember lives well-lived. She began working in this area in the early 80′s as a Business Consultant with ASIAN Inc, just as the San Francisco Human Rights Commission made it a priority to assist women and minority-owned businesses secure contracts with various public agencies.

Her experience in education includes her role as Undergraduate Dean in the College of Environmental Design at the University of California, as the Facilities Planner and Facilities Manager at Stanford University’s School of Medicine, and her board experience at various independent schools around the SF Bay area. Tonia was the Board Co-Chair for The College Preparatory School in Oakland, where she also served as Chair of the Governance and Trustees’ Diversity committees. She served on the Board of the Partners Program, a summer academic bridge program for Oakland Unified middle schoolers who qualify for free or reduced lunch. A long-time Oakland resident, she was also a board member of the Hillcrest Estates Improvement Association.

Tonia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a Master of Architecture and a Ph.D. in Architecture from the University of California – Berkeley, where she earned a Distinguished Teaching Award.

Brian Driscoll

Brian moved to the Bay area last summer and has worked as a  development consultant to non-profits. Prior to moving to Oakland, Brian served  as  Vice President of Advancement,  Health Leads – a national, non-profit agency that mobilizes undergraduate  volunteers, in partnership with providers in urban clinics, to connect  low-income patients with the basic resources — such as food, housing, and heating  assistance. His previous position was in Cleveland’s Urban Community School,  where he served as Director of Advancement and worked extensively on  public-private partnerships within the city. His work at Urban led him to  become involved in issues around health, nutrition, and wellness for the  families of the near west side of Cleveland. He worked to bring locally grown  produce to the school; has been a part of the Mayor’s Sustainability Steering  Committee; and served on the board of Neighborhood Family Practice, a local  health center, in his efforts to address issues around securing a medical  home for the families at his school.

Before venturing to Cleveland, Brian was Vice President of Development and  Alumnae Relations at Regis College and Vice President for Resource  Development at Babson College in Massachusetts. He spent the early days of  his career at the secondary school level, serving as Campaign Director and  Director of Major Gifts at Thacher School in Ojai, California and Director of  Special Gifts at Northfield Mount Hermon. Brian has a B.A. in English from  Columbia University. He is a graduate of Roxbury Latin and Northfield Mount  Hermon. His wife Monique DeVane is Head of Scholl at College Prep and their  two sons, Liam and Owen attend the Thacher School. He serves on the Boards of  Lawrence School and Anjna Patient Education.

Vien TruongVien Truong

Vien Truong is a Senior Associate at Green For All.  Green For All is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy.  Vien leads efforts to create pathways out of poverty and career pathways for youth in the green economy.  She has led Green For All in supporting and collaborating with community leaders and policymakers in the development and implementation of green jobs policies and programs in states throughout the country.

Vien was an Associate Attorney for the New Business Practicum at UC Berkeley’s Boalt School of Law.  She has worked with a California State Senator, researching and developing state law, and a U.S. Chief Magistrate, researching and analyzing issues before the federal court. Vien was the founding instructor for the Legal Assistance Program for Clarita Career College, a legal training program for entering legal professionals. She also taught Street Law at Castlemont High School, a program that teaches law to high school students. She was the Community Economic Justice Law Fellow at the East Bay Community Law Center, helping to develop innovative, long-term economic development solutions to address the systemic problems confronting low-income communities.

Vien is also a staunch advocate serving her community.  She is the Chair of the City of Oakland’s Planning Commission and has served on the boards for community based organizations. Vien is also a Full Circle Fund Community Fellow.  She previously served as a Commissioner on the City of Oakland’s Fund for Children and Youth Planning and Oversight Committee.

Vien holds a B.A from the University of California at Berkeley. She also holds a J.D. from the University of California at Hastings College of the Law.

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales 

Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Ph.D. is a professor in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.  She is also a faculty member in the doctoral program for Educational Leadership and the current coordinator of Master’s program in Asian American Studies. She is also currently the co-founder of Teaching Excellence Network (TEN), a community responsive service that works with school communities to improve the educational experiences youth across the nation.  She has published several books and a wide array of articles that focus on the development of ethnic studies curriculum and community responsive pedagogy. Her other research projects focus on urban youth, community studies, critical performance pedagogy, motherscholaring, and Pinayism, a concept that she coined in 1995.

Allyson received her B.A. from the UC Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA. She also has extensive experience working with youth, teachers, administrators, public schools, and community-based organizations for over 20 years. She has also received numerous university and community awards for her work with youth and students including UCLA’s Distinguished Young Alumnus Award (2006) and the Faculty Service Award (2008) from the Office of Community Service Learning, which is granted only to one faculty member per year.  In 2011, Tintiangco-Cubales received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Service from San Francisco State University, which is one of the highest awards that can be given to a faculty member.  In 2013, Tintiangco-Cubales was named one of the 100 most influential Filipinas in the world.  In 2014, she was also given the Community Advocacy Award from the Critical Educators for Social Justice group from the American Educational Research Association.

Allyson has also been extremely dedicated to the Filipina/o American community. To respond to the social, academic, and emotional challenges that Filipina/o American youth face, in 2001 she founded Pin@y Educational Partnerships (PEP), an ethnic studies educational pipeline that creates partnerships and projects that work toward social justice. Every year, PEP sends hundreds of students to college, graduate school, credential and doctoral programs.  Also related to PEP, one of her major accomplishments was working with community organizations and educators to get ethnic studies instituted in high schools in San Francisco. Amongst her many projects, she has led initiatives that have forwarded Youth Participatory Action Research (YPAR) and Teacher Participatory Action Research (TPAR), which she developed in 2010.  Tintiangco-Cubales is also currently on the board of the directors the Parent Teacher Association at Longfellow Elementary School, Artists in Motion, Bay Area, The Filipino Community Center located in San Francisco’s Excelsior District, and she also serves on the advisory board for Manilatown Heritage Foundation.

Along with all of her work in both academia and in the community, Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales is also a partner to her husband Val Tintiangco-Cubales who is also teacher, athletic director, coach, and jiu jitsu instructor.  Their partnership has greatly influenced the interdisciplinarity of her work.  And a central part of her identity is also her life as a mother to Mahalaya who has taught her so much about how to act with love and hope.



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