We wanted to share what we’ve been up to the last few years!Image

Jon graduated from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy in May 2012 and started working as a Data Visualization Analyst for Aspire Public Schools (a charter school network with schools in CA and TN) soon after. He’s still at Aspire enjoying his work, and was recently selected for a national Public Leaders Fellowship with Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE).

Jess left her job at Teach For America in 2011 to begin working full-time at an organization we helped start back in 2008/2009, Great Oakland Public Schools (often called GO Public Schools), an education advocacy organization. She’s the Managing Director there and has

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enjoyed the last two and a half years, which included the chance to dip her toes back into the political world with GO’s support of three school board candidates in 2012 who all won their seats in landslide victories. She’s been enjoying attending the high school graduation ceremonies and writing college recommendation letters for her former 6th grade students. She recently graduated from Leadership Oakland and serves as the Chair of the board for Camp Phoenix, a summer camp serving low-income Oakland kids.

The last few years we have found ourselves incredibly lucky to enjoy traveling, which is one of our favorite things and most important priorities. We’ve visited South Africa, run a half marathon in Bermuda (where Jess lived as a

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child), spent a few great weekends at Lake Tahoe, enjoyed watching wedding ceremonies for friends all over the country from NYC to Austin to Alabama, watched sunsets in Maui, taken our annual wine country trip every March to Sonoma, saw Jon’s little brother, Kieran,  graduate from high school in New Jersey, and enjoyed glaciers and freezing snorkeling on a cruise to Alaska. We also make sure to not miss a year of attending at least one Auburn football game, and we had the time of our lives seeing Auburn win the National Championship in Arizona in 2010. We look forward to being in Pasadena in January 2014 to see Auburn try again for another championship.

ImageAnd, last but certainly not least, we are so excited to be growing our little family by one in June 2014! The pregnancy has been an exciting time for us and (knock on wood) not too tough on Jess so far. Our cats Barnum & Bailey are very excited to be becoming a big brother and big sister. We’re looking forward to taking a trip to Kauai in March to spend some fun time together before our new addition arrives.

In anticipation of Baby Stewart (and because we were very ready for a kitchen that fit both of us at the same time), we’ve moved and are now in the Laurel District of Oakland. Email us if you’d like the new address.

Best,

Jonathon, Jessica, Barnum, Bailey, & Baby Stewart

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