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JONATHAN KLEIN

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JONATHAN KLEIN

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Co-Founder and CEO

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UndauntedK12

BIOGRAPHY

Jonathan Klein is co-founder and CEO of UndauntedK12 working to support America's K-12 public schools to make an equitable transition to zero carbon emissions while preparing our youth to build a sustainable future in a rapidly changing climate. Jonathan is a nationally recognized social entrepreneur, campaign strategist, and executive with a demonstrated history of impact in education and politics. He is a co-founder of GO Public Schools, Revolution Foods, and the Oakland Public Education Fund. Jonathan has experience teaching and working within large urban school districts, and has advised parents, educators, and elected leaders across the country. Under Jonathan’s leadership, GO Public Schools won multiple victories to change policy and bring resources to support equity and innovation in Oakland, West Contra Costa, and Fresno public schools. Jonathan was one of three 2013 finalists for the Peter Jennings Award for Civic Leadership, presented annually to one Teach For America alumna/us for work that has led to far-reaching systemic change. New Schools Venture Fund also named him Change Agent of the Year in 2013. He was also chief program officer at the Rogers Family Foundation, special assistant to the state administrators in Oakland Unified, Bay Area executive director of Teach for America, and an elementary school teacher in Compton, California. Jonathan received an MBA from UC Berkeley in 2008 and also lectured there on nonprofit leadership and management. He is a fully credentialed teacher and received a bachelor’s degree in history from Yale University. Jonathan lives with his wife and two children in Oakland’s Dimond neighborhood where he coaches baseball and soccer. He was radicalized around the climate crisis while chaperoning middle schoolers at September 2019's climate strike.