Deanna Niebuhr

California Policy and Program Director

Deanna Niebuhr is overseeing community schools work as well as student supports, including both integration and financing, in the Opportunity Institute’s PreK-12 work and Whole Child Equity Project.

Before she joined the Opportunity Institute, Deanna directed the Community Schools Initiative for the Partnership for Children & Youth. In this role, she led the Partnership’s efforts to build a state-wide network of community school advocates and stakeholders. This work focused on creating a state-level policy framework supportive of the development and sustainability of community school implementation at the local level as well as a refinement and clearer articulation of community school practices. She also oversaw the Partnership’s targeted technical-assistance work with local communities to initiate and grow community-school partnerships.  

Prior to joining the Partnership, Deanna worked for seven years with adolescent girls in a group home and non-public school setting as a teacher and then principal. Later, as an analyst for Alameda County’s Social Services Agency, she worked on child welfare policy issues at the county and state levels. 

Deanna has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from UC Berkeley and a master’s degree in Public Policy from UC Berkeley’s Goldman School of Public Policy.