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Directors

Board of Directors

The current OMI Board consists of members who bring significant experience and a strong commitment to OMI.

Honorable Edmund Gerald Brown, Jr.
Chairman
 

Edmund Gerald Brown served as Governor of California from 1975 to 1983 and again from 2011 to 2019. He is California's longest-serving governor. Jerry Brown founded Oakland Military Institute in 2001 and is the first charter ever sponsored by the state, the first public military school and the first school sponsored by the National Guard. OMI's motto "Age Quod Agis" which means "do well whatever you do" has kept him focused intensely on his work for California and now more than ever for the school he created.  

Major General David S. Baldwin, The Adjutant General, California Military Department
Vice Chairman
 

Major General David S. Baldwin was appointed as the 46th Adjutant General on 16 April 2011. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. recalled General Baldwin from his second deployment to Afghanistan, where he served as Deputy Commander of the 101st Airborne Division Tactical Command Post and Senior Mentor to the Commanding General of the 201st Afghan Army Corps, to assume command of the California National Guard. As the Adjutant General, he leads the largest, most tasked National Guard force in the United States, with an authorized strength of 23,000 personnel. He is responsible for the operation of the State Military Department, which consists of the California Army and Air National Guard, State Military Reserve, and California Youth Programs.

Vice Admiral Jody Breckenridge

Facilities Officer

jbreckenbridge@omiacademy.org 

 

 Vice Admiral Jody Breckenridge, US Coast Guard (RET) Vice Admiral Breckenridge retired in 2010 after 34 years of service in the US Coast Guard.  Her last assignment was Commander, Pacific Area with responsibility for all Coast Guard operations in the Pacific.  Since retirement, she consults and continues to serve others through membership on a number of boards/advisories including Vice Chair of San Francisco Fleet Week, Mission Readiness, Red Cross, Association for Rescue at Sea, Veterans Research Institute, Marines Memorial, and the Governor’s Military Council. In 2014, the Governor appointed her as Board of Directors Chair for the Water Emergency Transportation Authority.

BG (CA) James L. Gabrielli 

Academics Officer

jgabrielli@omiacademy.org 

 

BG Gabrielli was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps in June 1977 after earning a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Sacramento.  He served 8 years active duty as a helicopter pilot and flight instructor for the Marine Corps before returning to Sacramento to join the California Army National Guard and continue his civilian education. BG Gabrielli is an experienced educator having served as both a middle school teacher and elementary school principal from 1985 to 2000 while simultaneously serving as a traditional guardsman. He was appointed on State Active Duty as the full-time Director of Youth Programs in March 2002. In April 2011, he was re-assigned as the Commander, Youth and Community Programs Task Force. He is married to the former Merri Lynne Hogan from Fairfield, California.  Together they have four children and three grandchildren.

Joseph Wire 

Financial Officer

jwire@omiacademy.org 

 

Mr. Wire has served for the past eleven years as the Chief Financial Officer and Auditor of the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District, where he supervises financial operations for one of the world's largest transportation agencies.  Prior to that, he served in the White House Executive Office of the President Office of Management and Budget as a senior policy advisor from 1989-1997. Mr. Wire brings tremendous experience with the world of financial management and assists OMI with the development, implementation, and monitoring, of effective financial practices.

David P. Clisham

dclisham@omiacademy.org 

 

David P. Clisham has been an OMI Board member since 2009.  He received undergraduate and law degrees from the University of San Francisco and a Masters Degree in Education from San Francisco State University.  He is a former high school English teacher and counselor at Lincoln and Mission High Schools in San Francisco and has had an active law practice representing public employee unions in the Bay Area since 1981.

 

Overview

 

The Board has a strong record of leadership, stability, and fiscal responsibility. The academic success, strong and stable management, seven successive years of unqualified audits, and healthy fiscal reserves, are reflective of the leadership that will also guide the next five years of OMI. The Board is fully responsible for the operation and fiscal affairs of OMI including but not limited to:

1) Recruiting, hiring, and evaluating the Superintendent;

2) Financial and operational management of OMI;

3) Adoption of OMI’s annual financial budget;

4) Overseeing receipt of operating funds by the school in accordance with the terms and procedures of the Charter Schools Act;

5) Overseeing solicitation and receipt of grants and donations to OMI;

6) Developing and implementing Personnel policies and procedures and employee disciplinary matters;

7) Approval of hiring and dismissal recommendations made by the Superintendent;

8) Approval of contracts with outside entities or persons;

9) Financial audit oversight;

10) Relations with the chartering entity;

11) All matters related to charter approval, amendment, or revocation; and

12) Defend OMI from any adverse legal actions.

The Board may initiate and carry on any program or activity, or otherwise act in any manner which is neither in conflict with, nor inconsistent with, nor preempted by, any law and which is not in conflict with the purposes for which charter schools are established. The Board may execute any powers delegated to it by law and will discharge any duty imposed by law upon it and may delegate to any employee any of those duties. The Board, however, retains ultimate responsibility over the performance of those powers or duties so delegated. The Board will defend OMI from any adverse claims or legal actions.

The Board will address program concerns regarding the operation and improvement of OMI. The Board is the final policy-making authority for OMI. The Board will recommend programs, policies, and schedules designed to meet the evolving educational needs of OMI’s students, parents, and teachers. All Board meetings are held in accordance with the Brown Act and are open to the public and each agenda includes time for community input with regard to OMI. However, the Board reserves the right to meet in closed session and discuss items for which closed sessions are permitted under the Brown Act. Decisions made in closed session will be reported in open session at the conclusion of the closed session. The board meetings are held in compliance with the Bylaws.

 

To contact a member of our board, you may send correspondence to the following address: 3877 Lusk Street, Oakland, CA 94608 or you can send an individual email to them (email addresses are provided at the beginning of their bio).