Director of External Relations
At Education Trust–West, Lange Luntao (he/him/his) works closely with his colleagues to drive high-impact campaigns that achieve meaningful policy victories for students of color and students living in poverty. As a third-generation public school teacher who was born and raised in Stockton, California, Lange’s work is grounded in the recognition that students, educators, and community members all have a critical role to play in pursuing educational justice — and he works to equip all of these stakeholders with the information and organizing opportunities needed to build policymaking power.
Prior to his current position, Lange served as the Founding Executive Director of the Reinvent Stockton Foundation, a charitable organization that builds world-class cradle-to-career programming and systems of support in the Central Valley. He also served on the Stockton Unified School District Board of Trustees from 2016-2020 (as the first out gay man elected to public office in Stockton’s history), and was President of the Board in 2019. Before his work in nonprofit and school district leadership, Lange was a high school ethnic studies teacher and worked as a community organizer promoting college and career readiness, restorative practices, and an end to the school-to-prison pipeline. Lange is a proud product of California’s K-12 public school system, and later earned his B.A. in Sociology from Harvard University, a Social Studies Teaching Credential from Loyola Marymount University, and an M.A. in Education from Stanford University. Lange is also an alumnus of Education Pioneers and was a Fulbright Fellow to Malaysia.
“In 1937, after spending his winters picking asparagus and his falls in class at Fresno Community College, my lolo (grandfather) Celestino was one of the first Filipino-American graduates of UC Berkeley. Despite the fact that he had been stripped of US residency three years prior by Congressional legislation, he knew that public education was the surest route to my family’s resiliency and success. Informed by this history and inspired by the many Californians who have succeeded in institutions that were not originally built for them, my mission is to build educational opportunity and access for all of our state’s children.”