Mahru Elahi

Lead Program Facilitator

Mahru (she/they) supports the building of inquiry communities centered around collectivism, transformation and equity. Mahru began her educational career in 1998, teaching English and Social Studies as part of the small-schools-by-design movement housed within New York City’s Department of Education. It was there that she began to understand the power of observation, reflection and metacognition to shift both student and adult learning. Mahru returned to her home state of California and gained her M.A. in Educational Leadership from U.C. Berkeley’s Principal Leadership Institute. Mahru has been a secondary teacher and site leader throughout Northern California, including in: San Francisco, Oakland, Vallejo, El Cerrito and San Leandro. Mahru also holds a B.A. in American Studies from U.C. Santa Cruz, and an M.S. in Teaching from New School University. She is currently a student in Antioch’s University’s MFA in Creative Writing program, with a subject focus on the SWANA (Southwest Asian North African) community and a genre focus on memoir and hybrid forms of storytelling. Mahru lives in Oakland, CA with her son.