Brandy Fluker Oakley Executive Director

As a Mattapan-native and graduate of Boston Public Schools Brandy Fluker-Oakley has recognized the inequities in her own education experience and dedicated her career to education and advocacy. She first experienced the intricacies of public education and the needs of students while working as a social work case manager and public school teacher in New York and Baltimore. After fully immersing herself in these communities, Brandy observed the need for more teacher voice in the policy-making process and chose to attend law school to learn more about how policies impact her students.
 
Brandy advocated for the constitutional rights of juveniles as a public defender in Georgia, and worked with the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights ensuring compliance with civil rights laws. Brandy also zealously defended her clients as a public defender in the downtown Boston Municipal and Chelsea District Courts. 
 
Witnessing first-hand the need for every student to receive a quality education and access to opportunities in order to reach their highest potential, Brandy returned to the education sector. Throughout her career she has strategized with district officials and managed the hiring process and match-process strategy for several districts in Massachusetts. Brandy also managed a team of organizers who focused on engaging parents and teachers in the policy-making and political processes. Most recently, she consulted with state and district leaders managing projects focused on diversifying the teacher pipeline, enrollment, and community engagement.

“I care about helping others use their power, and creating policy without the people impacted can be damaging. Boston is my hometown and I’m ecstatic to facilitate power to the people!”