Sue Park is the Head of School of Yu Ming Public Charter School, California’s first Mandarin immersion charter school. Based in Oakland, California, Yu Ming provides an academically rigorous, innovative and comprehensive Chinese-English bilingual education to K-8 students from many racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. Yu Ming nurtures its inclusive and diverse community to become empowered, engaged, and outstanding global citizens that use their education to make a positive difference in the world
Prior to joining Yu Ming, Sue was the Senior Vice President of Programs at Camino Nuevo Charter Academy where she was responsible for leading the strategy and execution of the Camino Nuevo Continuum of Care working towards building a comprehensive continuum of integrated support services from Pre-K through college completion. Prior to this role, Sue served as Vice-Principal and Principal at the Burlington campus of Camino Nuevo before serving as Vice President of State and District Relations at Teach For America. Sue also lived in Hong Kong where she headed The Hong Kong Women’s Foundation, and was a founding staff member of Teach For All, as the Managing Director of Development Resources.
Sue began her career in education as a bilingual early elementary teacher in LAUSD, and throughout her career has been committed to addressing systemic challenges that limit educational access and opportunity for students in under-served communities in the U.S. and globally. Sue earned a B.A. with honors from UC San Diego, her J.D. from UC Berkeley, and her M.A. in Administrative & Policy Studies in Education from UCLA through the Urban Principal Leadership Institute.