Mahru is a Lead Program Facilitator with Lead by Learning and supports the building of communities centered around transformation, equity and inquiry. Mahru began her educational career in the middle grades, teaching English and Social Studies as part of a small-schools-by-design movement 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 Administration from U.C. Berkeley’s Principal Leadership Institute. Mahru has been a secondary teacher and site leader 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. Mahru lives in Oakland, CA with her son.