Founding Partners

Antwi Akom

Executive Director/Co-Founder

antwiAntwi A. Akom, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Environmental Sociology, Public Health, and STEM Education at San Francisco State University and is a Co-Founder of the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (I-SEEED), which focuses on building sustainable cities and schools. Professor Akom has collaborated with schools, community groups, policy makers and researchers to improve the lives and living conditions of poor people of color around the world.

He is nationally and internationally recognized for his work on culturally and community responsive STEM pedagogy including research and studies on GIS mapping and technological innovation, food security/justice, race and education, community-driven sustainable development, and youth participatory action research.

Dr. Akom is the Director of STEM education for $30M East Bay Green Corridor Partnership an innovative collaboration designed to create a thriving region of clean technology, innovation, and sustainable community development that generates high quality jobs and meets social and environmental goals.  Dr. Akom is a 2013 Finalist for the Echoing Green award, 2011 recipient of the New Connections Junior Health Investigator Award from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and a 2010 recipient of the SFSU RIMI awarded funded by the National Center on Minority Health and Health Disparities that examines the joint use of schools as places to improve individual and community health.  Dr. Akom has held academic appointments at UC Berkeley, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), and the Health Policy Institute. His forthcoming books are Building Sustainable Cities and Schools (with Pedro Noguera) and Ameritocracy: The Racing of Our Nations Children.


Jeff Duncan-Andrade

Co-Founder/Director of Educational Equity



Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Ph.D., is Associate Professor of Raza Studies and Education at San Francisco State University and Director of Educational Equity 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 19 years he has practiced and studied the use of critical pedagogy in urban schools (see Duncan-Andrade has lectured around the world about the elements of effective teaching in schools serving poor and working class children. He has authored two books and numerous journal articles and book chapters on the conditions of urban education, urban teacher support and development, and effective pedagogy in urban settings




Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales

Co-Founder/Director of Culturally & Community Responsive Curriculum Development and Teacher Training


Dr. Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales is an Associate Professor in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University.  She is also an affiliated faculty member in the doctorate program for Educational Leadership in SFSU’s School of Education and the current coordinator of the Master’s program in Asian American Studies. Tintiangco-Cubales has published several books and a wide array of articles that focus on the development of ethnic studies curriculum and community responsive pedagogy. Her research focuses on urban youth, community studies, critical performance pedagogy, motherscholaring, and Pinayism, a concept that she coined in 1995. She is also currently writing about Babaylan pedagogy and her life as a community-engaged-motherscholar-of-color.  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.  Since 2007, she has served as a consultant with the San Francisco Unified School District on the development of ethnic studies curriculum for high school students.

Prior to joining the faculty at SFSU, Dr. Tintiangco-Cubales received her B.A. from the University of California at Berkeley and her Ph.D. in Education from UCLA.  She worked as an Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) counselor and instructor at UC Berkeley’s Student Life Advising Services and the Re-entry Program.  She also has extensive experience working with youth, teachers, public schools, and community-based organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 20 years including Asian American Recovery Services, Filipino Mental Health Initiative, Bayshore Childcare Services, and Solar Richmond. Dr. Tintiangco-Cubales is currently on the Board of the Directors for the Filipino Community Center located in San Francisco’s Excelsior District, serves on the advisory board for Manilatown Heritage Foundation, and is on the board for Artists in Motion, Bay Area.

In addition to her responsibilities as a faculty member at SFSU, Tintiangco-Cubales is the founder and director of 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, and credential programs.  PEP is proud to have graduated a record number of doctorates over the past decade, all of which are serving our communities in social justice organizations and teaching in schools and colleges across the nation.  As a result of her work with PEP, she has published three sourcebooks with lesson plans, units, and workshops that highlight the marriage between critical Filipina/o American Studies content and the practice of critical pedagogy.