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Our Staff

Alternatives in Action High School Leadership


Alternatives in Action High School serves youth from the Bay Area who are motivated to transform their lives and their communities. Our youth-initiated charter high school is located in the Seminary neighborhood of East Oakland.

Phung Lai
Executive Director

Phung Lai has been an educator and educational leader in the Bay Area for nearly 20 years. Phung has extensive service in various Oakland non-profit organizations, AmeriCorps programs, and in multiple K-12 charter and district schools, including Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) and Kern County Superintendent of Schools (KCSOS) where she was the Northern California regional program supervisor for the California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities/Youth statewide mentoring program. During this time, she collaborated with OUSD, Fresno Unified School District, Merced City and County School Districts, Sacramento City Unified School District, and Del Norte County Unified School District working with school administrators, staff and students to implement mentoring throughout schools and local community based organizations. Throughout Phung’s career, she has been part of the leadership team for three charter schools, served as a mentor, teacher, and school administrator. She is also an endorsed trainer with the California School-Age Consortium (CalSAC).

Phung received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Welfare with a minor in education from UC Berkeley and holds a Clear California Teaching Credential and Masters of Education in teaching with the Reach Institute for School Leadership. She values time with family and friends, enjoys sports, and loves learning and trying new things.

Email: plai@alternativesinaction.org

Kenia Rodriguez
Assistant Director

Kenia Rodriguez was born in Vallejo, California. Her family is from Jalisco, Mexico and her favorite music to listen to are both Regional Mexican Banda and 90’s R&B. Her favorite color is green and her four favorite animals are unicorns, owls, dolphins and hummingbirds. Kenia was a teacher at Alternatives in Action High School for six years before going on to pursue a Master’s in Child and Adolescent Psychology: Prevention and Treatment. She feels fortunate enough to come back to the school which she loves and is really enjoying being a part of the community because everyone has a genuine love for the work they do.

Email: krodriguez@alternativesinaction.org

Lizbeth Gomez
Operations Manager

Bio coming soon.

Email: lgomez@alternativesinaction.org