Mission & Vision

Founded in 2004, Bay Area PLAN is a social justice organization that develops the leadership and builds the power of parents to transform schools so that all children achieve student success. Our vision is for every student to graduate high school ready for college, career and life. Informed, active parents are essential to making this vision a reality.

Every parent wants their child to succeed in school. But not all families feel welcomed as partners in their children’s education. PLAN works to create pathways for families to become strong leaders and advocates for their children.

PLAN engages parents through training, organizing and campaigns. Our trainings give parents the tools they need to be active in their child’s learning, our organizing connects families who are transforming schools, and our parent-led campaigns challenge and change systems that aren’t working for our kids.

By building parents’ leadership and organizing for safe, healthy and equitable schools, PLAN supports parents as we improve conditions for learning at the school site, district and state levels so that schools are 100% Engaged.

"Since its inception, PLAN leaders and parents have been important allies and critical friends in the quest for fair and adequate funding for our schools and quality instruction in every classroom. PLAN's work is more important than ever!”
~ Gary Yee, Retired OUSD Superintendent

Staff Members

Minx Manuel, Parent Organizer

Minx Manuel, Base-building Organizer

Minx is a mother of two and a lifelong Oakland resident with a passion for serving youth. After attending Holy Names University and graduating from Samuel Merritt University in 2010, she decided to continue on the path of recreation and ultimately education for students with special needs. During that time, she was an outspoken advocate for her students’ rights and abilities in the classroom.

In 2017, Minx joined PLAN as a commitment to social justice in her city. Minx enjoys foreign films, science fiction/ fantasy novels, and exploring different cultures through food.

Monica Scott Green, Program Director

Monica Scott Green

Monica started out at PLAN as parent volunteer engaged with parents and teachers to organize the first Oakland-wide Parent -Teacher Summit to improve communications between teachers and parents. Monica joined PLAN as a Training Associate in April 2014, was promoted to the Family and School Partnership Lead in the fall of 2016, and has been our Program Director since February 2018.  As the Program Director Monica leads a dynamic team of organizers and trainers to support family engagement strategies in our public schools. She believes that parents are the primary educators of their children and must develop relationships with teachers and schools in order to promote and protect the education of their children.

Monica has cultivated the ability to work with people of diverse cultural, economic and language backgrounds. She has worked with parents and educators throughout the Pacific Rim in Cambodia, Thailand, Vietnam, and China, Outer Pacific Island nations and Honduras.  Originally from Denver, Colorado Monica holds a BA degree from the University of Arkansas, MA in Environmental Planning from California State University Dominguez Hills and a Doctorate in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco School Of Education.

Pecolia Manigo, Executive Director

Pecolia Manigo

Pecolia is Plan’s Executive Director with over 15 years of organizing and advocacy experience. She joined PLAN in 2013 as a Program Director, and was promoted to Associate Director in 2015. As Associate Director she developed strong relationships with all members, established herself as a leader in the organization and in the parent leadership movement in Oakland.

In January of 2016, she was appointed by the Board of Directors to serve as Acting Executive Director based on her multi-faceted understanding of parent engagement and advocacy.  Prior to coming to PLAN, Pecolia worked for Coleman Advocates organizing with low-income families of color to launch school-based and district-wide campaigns to improve the conditions of their children’s education environments.

During her almost six years with Coleman Advocates she worked to build a theory of change to create systemic change in education in San Francisco. This included creating a hybrid advocacy- and membership-based organizing model and designing education justice campaigns that addressed policies and that shifted institutional responsibility to solutions-oriented strategic planning and implementation.

Before her time at Coleman Advocates, Pecolia worked as an administrative assistant at the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy (EBASE), where she developed a keen understanding around the operational side of non-profits. Before her work at EBASE, Pecolia worked at the Jamestown Community Center as Coordinator of Youth Power, a middle school leadership development program in San Francisco’s Mission District.

Pecolia believes that authentic and transformative family engagement makes a significant difference in early childhood success for lifelong achievement. Recognizing the boundaries of traditional parent involvement, she leads PLAN to design programs and organizing strategies that foster shared responsibility for student success among families, schools, and communities. Pecolia inspires action through stories of parent-led advocacy efforts to provide quality education for all children. She invites the education sector to reflect on how to meaningfully apply research, experiences, and best practices to foster a deeper understanding of how individual family engagement successes lead to the broader systems change we desire.

As a Public Administration and Political Science student at California State University at East Bay she hopes to continue building her skills and knowledge to support communities of color to successfully design practice and policies that close the achievement gap, train a new generation of education organizers and support the movement for education justice within the Bay Area, statewide and nationally.

Sasha Shane, Family School Partnership Lead

Sasha Shane, Family School Partnership Lead

Sasha started at PLAN as a Parent Organizer and now is the Family School Partnership Lead with the Leaders Engaged for Active Parents (LEAP) program.  Sasha works with a team of elementary school parents, school site, and district staff to create infrastructure for parent volunteer program which built capacity and infrastructure for sustained family engagement and increased parent leadership.

Sasha and her family migrated to the United States in 2002 fleeing violence after an attempted kidnapping. Sasha had a hard time adjusting to her new home in East Oakland.  Her parents struggled to access information in order to make Sasha’s educational transition a success. She attended middle and high school in Oakland. In the mid-2000s, Sasha became involved in the movement for immigration reform.  She also organized against budget cuts to save programs in Oakland public schools such as access to cafeterias, gymnasiums, and school libraries.

Sasha learned a valuable lesson as she went off to college; she learned that it takes more than a will to be successful. She values the hard work and organizing needed our communities for schools to be truly transformed.  She believes that every student should have access to excellent education, and parents play a key part in making those transformations a reality.

Eleazar Cuencas, Early Success Parent Organizer

Eleazar Cuencas, Early Success Parent Organizer

Eleazar Cuencas is a Latina parent leader who first came to PLAN when her child was attending Esperanza Elementary in Oakland.  She first got involved with PLAN through our Parents Ready for School workshop series in the fall of 2014. Since then she has organized a campaign for traffic safety at Esperanza, recruiting and supporting a team of parent leaders for increased family engagement, PLAN Membership & Leaders for Engage & Active Parents (LEAP) Fellow, and now is part of PLAN’s staff as Early Success Parent Organizer.

She will use the leadership skills to help other parents of young children make that leap from parent to advocate for their children’s education.

Board of Directors

Liz Suk | Board Chair

Liz Suk

Liz Suk is rooted in Oakland, CA and uses her passion for community building and social justice to build cooperative spaces that try to challenge the status quo. A connector, she enjoys bringing folks together to eat, drink and talk stories, and finding ways to get off the grid.

Liz currently works as the Evaluations and Learning Coordinator of CoreAlign, a reproductive movement organization, after working 20+ years in the community providing direct services ranging from foster care, recovery services, domestic violence advocacy and counseling, and youth gang prevention as well as social justice organizing that includes third world liberation, Korea peninsula solidarity, cultural arts and cooperative early childhood education. She is a single mom and staunch believer in self-determination and smashing on cultural appropriation.

Marcia Henry

Marcia Henry

Marcia Henry is the mother of two graduates of Oakland public schools (Sequoia, Bret Harte, and Skyline) who themselves became teachers in Oakland. While her children were in school she was extremely involved in Oakland Unified School District matters, both at school sites and at the district level, and came to see what a difference the voices of parents could make. Her own experience leaves her with no doubt as to the importance of PLAN’s mission.

For nearly 40 years Marcia worked as a civil legal services attorney in programs that offer free representation for low-income clients; she spent approximately 15 years each at the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law and the Oakland-based National Center for Youth Law as well as shorter stints elsewhere. After a few years representing individual low-income clients she turned to writing and editing for poverty law journals that help other advocates serve their clients most effectively. She retired in 2013.

Marcia’s oldest grandchild will start kindergarten at an Oakland public school this fall.

Salomeh Ghorban, Secretary

Salomeh Ghorban

Salomeh Ghorban joined the PLAN Board in Fall of 2017.  Of Iranian descent, Salomeh was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area.  She studied Religious Studies at UC Santa Barbara, and her passion for healing and community moved her to follow a career in Homeopathic medicine.  After, years of study, interning at the school’s free community clinic and working different positions to pay the bills, she took her dream job at La Clinica de la Raza.  She managed a school based health center. She spent several years building and improving services for youth at the school-site clinic based at Roosevelt Middle School. She took a break from youth work to pursue other interests, but couldn’t stay away from her Roosevelt Middle school family for too long.

Salomeh is back at Roosevelt Middle as their College/Career Counselor and has been based at Roosevelt for the last seven years.  Salomeh has a passion for the ocean, loves to surf and volunteers as a surf instructor with Brown Girl Surf in her spare time.

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