New East Bay School Receives Cristo Rey Network Approval

//New East Bay School Receives Cristo Rey Network Approval

New East Bay School Receives Cristo Rey Network Approval


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The Office of Education of the District of San Francisco New Orleans (SFNO) is pleased to announce that the Cristo Rey Network® has approved the launch of Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School in Oakland, California.

The grade 9 – 12 high school, which will be governed and operated by the SFNO District, is scheduled to open in August of 2018.  It will be located in the Fruitvale district of Oakland on the campus of the former Saint Elizabeth High School.

Commenting on the approval and pending opening of Cristo Rey De La Salle, Office of Education Director Michael Daniels, Ed.D. stated, “We and the De La Salle Brothers are proud of our partnership with the Oakland Diocese and the Cristo Rey Network.  I commend the Cristo Rey Feasibility Committee, led by Steve Wilcox, and also acknowledge John Scudder for his hard work and dedication throughout the past year.  We move forward with faith and hope in our Lasallian Catholic mission, and with confidence in the talent and support of the Board of Trustees, administrators, and benefactors committed to opening our school in 2018 with the underserved families of the East Bay.”

In addition, the founding team of school administrators has been appointed for the school’s inaugural year:

Michael Anderer, President
Michael Anderer brings to Cristo Rey de La Salle over 25 years of experience in educational communities as a teacher, campus minister, community organizer, principal and president.  He has served primarily in non-tuition driven educational institutions that serve youth and families growing up in challenging social and economic circumstances, including schools in Camden, New Jersey; Chicago, Illinois; and the Tenderloin neighborhood of San Francisco, California.  Most recently, Mr. Anderer served as the Vice President for Mission Advancement at De Marillac Academy in San Francisco, California.  He looks forward to partnering with local businesses and corporations across the East Bay, as well as to working closely with the Saint Elizabeth High School alumni in building upon their history, tradition and spirit.

Ana Hernández, Principal
Ana Hernández currently is a career educator and administrator who most recently served as Director of the Magis Program at St. Ignatius College Preparatory, San Francisco, which supports first-generation college bound students from low socio-economic backgrounds and from underrepresented groups in higher education.  Ms. Hernández immigrated to Oakland from Mexico as a child with her family.  She received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Occidental College, Los Angeles, and a Master of Education degree from Mills College, Oakland, California.  She has continued her graduate studies in teaching and educational leadership at Mills College.  Her passion is the education of youth from underserved communities.

John Coughlan, Director of the Corporate Work Study Program
John Coughlan comes to Cristo Rey De La Salle after serving as Vice President at Shanghai-based Caohejing
(CHJ) Development Corporation, where he focused on strategy, business development, and overseas investment. Prior to CHJ, Mr. Coughlan worked for CBRE Asia Pacific; Barclays Global Investors (now Blackrock), San Francisco; UNICE (now Businesseurope); the European Commission; and the Brookings Institution, Washington, D.C.  He graduated with an MSc from the London School of Economics, and a BA from Santa Clara University.  An East Bay native, he is a proud alumnus of De La Salle High School in Concord.

JoEllen Baker, Director of Mission Advancement
JoEllen Baker is a Marketing Specialist who has spent more than two decades working in public relations and
marketing, assisting fortune 500 companies and their divisions in the areas of improving market share, developing and improving brand awareness for local publications, and revitalizing and restructuring a community-based education foundation.  Most recently, she used her skills to raise over $1.5 million to benefit the students at Saint Elizabeth High School as a Development Director and Chief Administrator.  Ms. Baker holds a BA in Communications from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana.  She is committed to Catholic urban education and believes education transforms lives and is the true path to prosperity for all.

Damien McDuffie, Director of Admissions and Community Engagement
Damien McDuffie currently serves as Community Engagement and Capacity Builder for the City of Oakland as
part of the City-County Neighborhood Initiative (CCNI), which works to prevent violence in Oakland’s most
traumatized and low-income communities.  Raised in West Oakland’s Acorn Projects, Mr. McDuffie earned a
Political Science/ Black Studies degree from Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, and a Master of Fine
Arts Degree as a Graduate Writing Fellow at Columbia University, New York.  He brings more than a decade of
experience in community organizing, educational program management, and engagement as an organizer,
instructor, literary writer, and journalist.  Mr. McDuffie is driven by his passion to bring access, mentorship, and
exposure to low-income youth of color.

According to school president Mike Anderer, Cristo Rey De La Salle’s “launch year” will include institutional
planning, facilities renovation, as well as recruiting its founding class of students, corporate partners and first-round donor investors.  Says Anderer, “Speaking for the launch year team, we are honored by the opportunity to build this new Lasallian Catholic high school, and we are humbled by the responsibility to steward the legacy of St. Elizabeth High School, its students and its alumni.”

Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School plans to open as a Roman Catholic, co-educational, secondary school in the fall of 2018 on the campus formerly home to Saint Elizabeth’s High School.  The school is sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, District of San Francisco New Orleans.  Cristo Rey De La Salle East Bay High School will integrate rigorous college preparatory academics with an innovative Corporate Work Study Program, as do the successful programs operating at all 32 Cristo Rey Network schools.  Under the Corporate Work Study Program, each student is employed five days per month by a local business or community agency to provide tuition assistance and complement the school’s on-site curricular program.  

To learn more about how you may become involved in this transformative initiative in Oakland, please contact President Michael Anderer at for more information.


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