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Dr. Ishman Anderson is the Founding Executive Director of MOB and a Faculty Lecturer with the Criminal Justice Studies Department at San Francisco State University (SFSU).  He is a first generation college student who grew up in West Oakland, and a 2007 graduate of McClymonds High School.

Ishman has spent over 11 years dedicating himself to guiding underrepresented students in K-12 and at the collegiate level including serving as a Mentor/High School Counselor for the UCLA Vice Provost Initiative for Pre-College, and then as an academic counselor for the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) at California State University, East Bay (CSUEB). During his time at CSUEB, he started the My Other Brother (MOB) Black male initiative, aimed at increasing college access and retention for Black males, and currently partnering with McClymonds High School and Castlemont High School in Oakland, CA.

Ishman's research interest includes cultural relevancy, cultural capital, critical race theory, and Tupac Shakur’s construct of Thug Life as praxis for Black male success through forms of resistance, community and cultural authenticity.

Ishman has a bachelor's degree from UC Davis in Sociology major and double minor in Education and Chicana/o studies. He also obtained a Master's degree in Higher Education, Student Affairs from UCLA. Most recently, Ishman has earned his Doctorate degree from the San Francisco State University Educational Leadership Doctoral program in May, 2020.



Coach Edward (Ed) is a native of Oakland California, also alumni class of 2006 at Castlemont High School. Ed went to Diablo Valley College for two years where he earned a scholarship to Texas College. At Texas College Ed earned his Bachelors of Science in Social Work. From there, Ed always wanted to help his community in anyway that he could. Ed figured out his purpose at a young age when he seen the joy that he experienced when helping others. From there, Ed knew that his purpose was to help his community. Ed currently serves as the Head Football Coach for Castlemont High School and MOB Leadrership & Life Skills Coordinator.




Shamawn is a first-generation college student presently pursuing his Masters in Higher Education and Student Affairs at  University San Francisco. Shamawn graduated from Antioch High School in 2011 and received a full ride football scholarship to the University of California, Davis. Shamawn majored in Sociology Organizational Studies and received his B.S in 2015.

As an individual who grew up in Northern California inner-city neighborhoods, Shamawn has the first-hand experience with a lack of services and educational disadvantages facing our youth in Oakland, California. Additionally, he is aware of the decreasing extracurricular activities that keep children engaged, motivated, and busy.

Shamawn turns his dreams into reality through real life experience and hardships that he had to endure as a kid living in poverty. He wants to supply resources that will allow kids to strive in education, their future careers, and as a citizen.