Pecolia Manigo is an organizer and authentic leader; but most importantly a black mother. Through her journey as a native San Franciscan and Oakland resident, she has developed a keen awareness on a variety of subject matters, issues and world affairs. These experiences have afforded her an unique intersectional analysis of certain situations and the ways they impact Black families, mothers and children. Without doubt, Pecolia remains most passionate about education justice. She believes that young people and all students deserve access to quality education. As a values-based facilitator who brings people together to fight for justice in education, she also aims to builds people's confidence to achieve their goals. This is evident in her African tradition-centric nurturing and caretaking of her amazing black children- Niani, Annika and Jamari. As a mother with three children by different fathers, Pecolia mothers with pride, joy and love. She is an active parent volunteer and advocate for her children at their public schools in Oakland, California.
Using her experience as a black mother and organizer, Pecolia currently works as the Executive Director of Bay Area Parent Leadership Action Network (PLAN), an Oakland based social justice organization developing the leadership and building the power of parents to transform schools so that all students achieve student success. At PLAN, Pecolia has lead the development of the PLAN's theory of change to create systemic change in the Bay Area education system. Using her experience from working for Coleman Advocates for Children and Youth in San Francisco organizing with low-income families of color to launch school-based and district-wide campaigns, Pecolia has supported PLAN to develop a new organizing model and effective programs to promote transformative family engagement. Under her leadership, the PLAN team advocates for a cultural shift toward institutional accountability to families in low performing schools who often receive the least investment from districts.