Teaching Self Sufficiency through Education

Executive Director:  Tiffany Goodwin founded Teaching Self Sufficiency through Education in 2011, with a mission to support and empower low-income families living in or under poverty line communities. Growing up in West Oakland, Tiffany can relate to the families in which TSE serve. Tiffany has more than 10 years of experience as a community organizer. She realized her passion for helping poverty stricken families within the urban community at a young age. She has been working in the nonprofit sector since the age of 13 as a volunteer for a family shelter in Hayward, CA. Prior to founding TSE, Tiffany served as the Director of Social Services at LIFESTEPS, Inc., a program dedicated to empowering and engaging low income families in the Bay Area.

Board Secretary: Paula Woods is a native Oakland resident. She currently works as a supervisor in a call center in the hi tel hospitality field. Paula became involved in TSE 2 years ago. As a single mother she understands the barriers that most of families face living in poverty stricken communities. She believes with the services TSE offers families can accomplish their personal goals which will help set the foundation for bigger goals they plan to accomplish in the future. Her favorite quote is "Each day brings new opportunities". 

Board Treasurer: Thelma Woods was born and raised in Oakland, CA. In 2008 she graduated with a B.S in chemistry fro UC Berkeley. Thelma became involved with TSE 5 years ago through an volunteer opportunity. From 2008 to July 2015 she has had the opportunity to work in various jobs in the education and non profit field. She currently pursuing a Masters in Urban Education and a teaching credential in Chemistry from Holy Names University. She inspired by work ethic and determination of the families TSE works with. She believe with our services families can and will do the change narrative for low income families.,