Kyla Johnson-Trammell


Oakland USD

A homegrown educational leader, Dr. Kyla Johnson-Trammell has served Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) for 25 years in various leadership roles. Taking the helm in 2017, Dr. Johnson-Trammell has built a nationally recognized Community Schools model, earning OUSD a $66 million Community Schools state grant, the largest in California. During the pandemic, Dr. Johnson-Trammell led a nationally recognized response by providing digital access, healthy meals, and community learning hubs. Her collaborative leadership with the city of Oakland provided low-income families a home device, wireless internet and technology support, increasing home digital access by 86%. Under Dr. Johnson-Trammell, OUSD has launched several successful district initiatives: community-based literacy tutoring for TK-2 students, expansion of career pathways and Dual Enrollment courses, creation of district-wide anti-racist training, and Grow Your Own programs to retain aspiring educators of color. Collectively, these initiatives have increased student access and achievement in early literacy, college-ready high school graduation rates, and retention rates for African-African and Latinx educators. Dr. Johnson-Trammell has received numerous awards and honors for her visionary and courageous leadership. She earned her B.A. in Communications from the University of Pennsylvania, and her Masters and Ed.D in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Berkeley.