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.

Grace Alvarez – Teacher Organizer and Sites Communications


Grace Alvarez is the Teacher Organizer and Sites Communications Coordinator with the Teaching Excellence Network (TEN) at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational, and Environmental Design (I-SEEED).  At I-SEEED, Grace is engaged in research on organizing educators, improving teacher quality, educational equity, trauma and healing, and teacher professional development. She is a community educator and artist who has served and continues to serve students and teachers in multiple educational spaces.    She is currently the Wellness Coordinator with Pin@y Educational Partnerships and the director of MEnD Dance Theater.  All these components of her life have given her the opportunity to implement theory into practice with her M.A. from San Francisco State University and B.A. from Cal State University, Hayward.  Grace is also presently working towards her degree as an Educational Specialist (Ed.S.).

Patrick Camangian, Ph.D.

Patrick Camangian is an assistant professor in the Department of Teacher Education at the University of San Francisco and has been an English teacher since 1999, continuing in the tradition of teacher-research, applying critical pedagogies in urban schools. Camangian began as an English teacher at Crenshaw High School in Los Angeles and continued teaching English at Fremont High School as part of the East Oakland Step to College program. He has collaborated with groups such as California’s People’s Education Movement, the Education for Liberation national network, and San Francisco’s Teachers 4 Social Justice. His research interests and areas of expertise include: critical pedagogy and transformative teaching in urban schools; critical literacy, culturally empowering education, and urban teacher development.

Ana Cervantes – Administrative Assistant



Ana  Cervantes is an Admnistrative Assistant at ISEEED,  providing critical operational support and managing I-SEEED’s offices. Ana graduated from Fremont High School in Oakland and now attends Merritt College. She is majoring in Chemistry with the goal to have a career in the sciences. She was raised in Oakland, CA and is excited to work at ISEEED in order to give back to her community.

Daniel Cornejo, M.A. – Teacher Research and Development Coordinator, Teaching Excellence Network (TEN)

Daniel Cornejo is currently the Teacher Research and Development Coordinator for the Teaching Excellence Network (TEN) at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (I-SEEED). At I-SEEED, Daniel is engaged in research and development on issues including teacher quality, teacher professional development, and educational equity. Daniel started his career as a 4th and 5th grade teacher in the predominantly Latina/o Brentwood neighborhood of Southwest Denver where he developed a love of teaching. Prior to joining I-SEEED he worked as the Administrative Director of the East Oakland Step to College (EOSTC) program, a direct service educational program dedicated to racial justice for Oakland youth emphasizing a high quality and critical education that prepares youth of color to confront and change the course of racial justice in their community and the nation. He has also conducted research for the Urban Hope Project examining the relationship between hope and academic achievement within urban communities, as well as with the Cesar Chavez Institute studying the correlation between the race/ethnicity of school board members and the academic impacts on Latino/a students. Additionally, Daniel works as an Adjunct Professor at San Francisco State University and The University of San Francisco teaching in the Ethnic Studies and Education Departments respectively. In 2011 he received the Teacher 4 Social Justice Award in recognition of powerful social justice based educational work in the classroom and in the community. Daniel holds an M.A. in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University, a Teacher Certification from The Metropolitan State College of Denver, and a BA in Political Science from Loyola University New Orleans.


Tessa Cruz – Program Manager, Equitable Development and Community-Engaged Design



Tessa Cruz is currently the Program Manager of Equitable Development and Community-Engaged Design at ISEEED. She is a native of the Bay Area and a recent graduate of Oberlin college, where she earned a BA in environmental studies. She also works as a public programming and public policy intern at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR) assisting with organization’s community outreach and education as well as ballot analysis research for San Francisco’s November 4th ballot. Prior to this work she was heavily involved in community service within the City of Oberlin, serving as a liaison between various college and city communities. In the future she plans to earn a masters degree around issues of equitable urban development. She is ecstatic and honored to be joining the ISEEED team

Sanjeev Khagram, Director of International Sustainable Development

KhagramphotoDr. Sanjeev Khagram is currently the John Parke Young Professor of Global Political Economy, Diplomacy and World Affairs at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California. Previously he was Professor of Public Affairs and International Studies at the University of Washington. From 2008-10, Khagram was the Wyss Scholar at the Harvard Business School.  Prior to that, Khagram was an Associate (and Assistant) Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University’s JFK School of Government and Visiting Professor at Stanford University’s Institute of International Studies. He has also held visiting appointments at the Lee Kwan Yew School of Public Policy (Singapore), University of Cape Town (South Africa), Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), and Viadrina-Humboldt School of Governance (Germany).

Dr. Khagram was selected as a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum and was lead author of the UN Secretary General’s Report on the Impacts of the Global Economic Crisis on the Poor (Voices of the Vulnerable) in 2009. Between 2011-14, Khagram was the founder and architect of the multi-stakeholder Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency (GIFT). He also founded the social enterprise Innovations for Scaling Impact (iScale) and was its CEO from 2009-2014. From 2005-2008, Dr. Khagram was the Director of the Marc Lindenberg Center for Humanitarian Action, International Development, and Global Citizenship; the Afghan Leaders Program, Humphrey Fellows Program; and the International Humanitarian Action and Development Certificate Program at the University of Washington. From 2003-2005 he was Dean of the Desmond Tutu Peace Centre, Foundation and Trust, and from 1998-2000 he was Senior Policy and Strategy Director at the World Commission on Dams where he also was lead writer of the Commission’s widely acclaimed Final Report.

Dr. Khagram has published widely including: Dams and Development, with Cornell University Press; Restructuring World Politics: Transnational Social Movements, Networks and Norms with University of Minnesota Press; The Transnational Studies Reader with Routledge Press; Open Budgets: The Political Economy of Transparency, Participation and Accountability with Brookings Press; “Inequality and Corruption” in the American Journal of Sociology; “Future Architectures of Global Governance” in Global Governance, “Environment and Security” in the Annual Review of Environment and Resources, “Social Balance Sheets” in Harvard Business Review, “Evidence for Development Effectiveness” in the Journal of Development Effectiveness, “Towards a Platinum Standard for Evidence-Based Assessment,” in Public Administration Review, and ““Global Health Governance: Towards Systemic Coherence to Scale Impact,” in Global Health Governance.

Dr. Khagram has worked extensively with governments, civil society organizations, social enterprises, cross-sectoral action networks, public-private partnerships, multilateral organizations, corporations, professional associations and universities all over the world from the local to the international levels. He has lived and worked for extended periods in Brazil, India, Mexico, Nigeria, South Africa, Thailand, Germany and the United Kingdom. He holds a B.A. in development studies/engineering, an M.A. and PhD Minor in economics (from the Food Research Institute), and a Ph.D. in political science, all from Stanford University. Khagram is of Asian Indian heritage, a Hindu, and a refugee from Idi Amin’s Uganda, which brought him to the United States in 1973 via refugee camps in Italy.



Aekta Shah, Ed.M.  – Program Director, Technology and Community Engagement


Aekta Shah is currently the Program Director of Technology and Youth Engagement at the Institute for Sustainable Economic, Educational and Environmental Design (I-SEEED).  At I-SEEED, Aekta is engaged in research and development on issues including  technology, GIS mapping, education and sustainable community development.  Prior to joining I-SEEED, she worked with Boston Public School District as a researcher and case study writer and was previously the Director of Youth Programs at the Institute at the Golden Gate, a partnership of the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Committed to providing  college and career opportunities to traditionally underserved youth, Aekta has been recognized by organizations such as the Aspen Institute, Green for All, Bioneers and has presented for the UN on issues of sustainable development and education. In 2005, Aekta founded the Big Green Bus project, a cross-country, waste vegetable oil-fueled journey across the U.S. to promote sustainable development. Aekta holds an Ed.M in Education Policy and Management from Harvard and a B.A. in Developmental Psychology and Education from Dartmouth College.


Sharoia Taylor – Administrative Coordinator for Teaching Excellence Network (TEN)

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Bouapha Toommaly – Chief Financial Officer


Bouapha Toommaly serves as the Chief Financial Officer at ISEEED, bringing hands-on fiscal and operational management experience to the I-SEEED team with a top-level, holistic perspective focused on maximizing impact for our communities.

Bouapha Toommaly has worked for the past 20 years for a variety of national and local social change, social service, and governance organizations as an agent of change. Her career has focused on building, maintaining, and improving integrity of financial, programmatic and operational infrastructure that supports organizations in achieving their mission.

Ms. Toommaly began her career as a Youth Organizer at the Asian Pacific Environmental Network (APEN), where she worked with young women in the Laotian community to organize around environmental justice issues in Richmond, CA. During her tenure with APEN, she lead the organization of the youth component of the Second National People of Color Environmental Leadership Summit in 2002 in Washington DC. Soon after Ms. Toommaly moved to Washington, DC to work on Trade and Agriculture issues, focusing on the impacts of free trade agreements on small/minority farmers and farm workers with the Rural Coalition.

Ms. Toommaly has also worked on prominent political campaigns including the 2004 Kerry-Edwards Victory Campaign, 2006 Ronald V. Dellums Oakland Mayoral Campaign and most recently the 2008 Obama-Biden Presidential Campaign (through the APIA Leadership Committee).

In 2007, she was appointed Special Assistant to Mayor of Oakland Ronald V. Dellums to track legislation from City Council, appointments to the City’s boards and commissions.  Additionally, Ms. Toommaly was responsible for the management and oversight of the City’s workforce development program budgets.