Director of Operations

Swati Samanth holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California, Hastings College of the Law and a Bachelor of Arts in both Political Science and Philosophy with an Emphasis in Ethics from the University of Southern California.  For 15 years, she practiced dependency law in the Bay Area, advocating for foster youth in legal proceedings involving child neglect and physical, emotional and sexual abuse. Her advocacy areas include education law, delinquency, adoption, school disciplinary hearings and any other legal matters that may arise while youth are in foster care.  Prior to, and throughout her legal career, Swati has been committed to educational equity and college access for students in underserved communities.  She has taught junior high school, served as a teacher and case manager at College Track, a program that empowers students from underrepresented communities to graduate from college, and as a Residential Director and consultant for Level Playing Field Institute’s STEM program for students of color at Stanford, UC Berkeley and UC Davis.  Prior to taking the position as the Founding Director of Operations, she served on Aurum Preparatory Academy's Board of Directors as Board Secretary and Board President. 

Aurum Prep Middle School Oakland