Kyra Mungia joined the OUSD Board of Education after the Board appointed her Director in June 2022 to represent District 6 for the second half of 2022, following the previous Director’s resignation.
A passionate advocate for educational and racial equity, Mungia is committed to changing systems to improve outcomes for all, particularly for people who are most marginalized. Her vision for educational equity is one in which all youth thrive, regardless of race or other predictors of disparity, such as citizenship status, home language, or income. While teaching at OUSD’s Horace Mann Elementary School, Mungia realized that she could not control broader policies that impacted her students outside the walls of her classroom. This drove her to take a more systems-level approach, which led her to become the Deputy Director of Education in the Office of the Mayor of Oakland.
Since joining the Mayor’s Office, Mungia has co-written legislation to increase access to high quality preschool; played an instrumental role in developing #OaklandUndivided to ensure every public school student in need has a computer at home, along with internet access, and tech support; helped raise more than $5M in COVID relief funds to ensure the basic needs of Oakland’s most vulnerable residents were met; and launched an innovative pilot in partnership with OUSD to increase recruitment and retention of SpEd and STEM teachers of color by addressing the cost of housing, and affordability. As a Latina and AAPI woman, Mungia is especially proud of this work and her role in bringing so many partners together to achieve these results for our students, teachers, and families.
Mungia holds a Bachelor’s Degree from Brown University and a Master’s Degree in Urban Education with a focus on Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University. She has a passion for children, their well-being, and their educational opportunities.