Our Community


Live Oak students are lifelong learners who love nothing more than a challenge. With their education as foundation, they pursue passions in a breadth of disciplines.

Live Oak graduates are able to take on the responsibility of helping create a just society. They become leaders with the capacity to meet the challenges and opportunities of their generation.

Alumni Changemaker Award

The Live Oak Alumni Changemaker Award is given yearly to an alum who models empathy and responsibility, demonstrates the capacity to create change in the community, and inspires action in others. In 2022, we honored our first Young Alumni Changemaker–a junior or senior in high school–recognizing that Live Oak students do not wait to make an impact in their communities.

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  • De’Yani Dillard - 2022 Young Alumni Changemaker

    De’Yani Dillard, Class of 2018, was selected as Live Oak’s first Young Alumni Changemaker Award recipient. De’Yani has exemplified courage and compassion to create change in the community since the age of eight through her work with the @radicalmonarchs, honing activism skills that guided her to being selected as president of SOTA’s Black Student Union.
  • Xavi Donobedian - 2021

    Xavi Donobedian graduated from Live Oak in 2010. Xavi is a holistic lifestyle coach and functional medicine practitioner. He was selected as our 2021 Alumni Changemaker for his work helping people lead healthier, happier lives that are full of self compassion, care for the environment, and plenty of play.
  • Michela Weihl - 2020

    The 2020 Changemaker Award recipient Michela Weihl, Class of 2009, was honored for her work around restorative justice and alternatives to incarceration for youth. Through her work at Esperaza, a nonprofit, Michela helps support therapy-based alternatives to incarceration for young people facing felonies in New York City. Her decision to enter law school is motivated by her desire to expand this change in her community and empathetically inspire others to do the same.
  • Zeke Osmond - 2019

    Zeke Osmond, Class of 2009, is the 2019 Alumni Changemaker for his diverse commitment to local and global community service. Zeke volunteered with SFMTA's Free Muni for Youth, Hands For Africa, and NOLS. His work aids victims of crisis and inspires youth to advocate for change.
  • Zahna Simon - 2018

    The 2018 recipient of the Changemaker Award, Zahna Simon, class of 1999, works to promote Deaf culture and challenge stereotypes as assistant director of the Bay Area Urban Jazz Dance Company and the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival. Learn more at realurbanjazzdance.com
  • Richard Baltimore - 2017

    Richard Baltimore, class of 1996, was Alumni Changemaker of 2017 for his commitment to children and young adults. He worked at Salvation Army and Open Gym in Chicago, and Year Up in Washington, D.C. Richard is currently director of human resources for a law firm fighting workplace discrimination.
  • Lani Ackerman - 2016

    Alumni Changemaker 2016, Lani Ackerman, graduated from Live Oak in 2000. Lani’s mission is to improve the experience of immigrants in South America. Her research focuses on the social problems that arise when people are forced to migrate from one country to another and the inequity of the process.
  • Ben Gucciardi - 2015

    The 2015 Alumni Changemaker Award went to Ben Gucciardi, class of 1996, for the development of Soccer Without Borders. Ben uses soccer as a vehicle for change, providing youth with a toolkit to overcome obstacles to growth and personal success. To learn more about Ben’s organization visit soccerwithoutborders.org.
  • Jessica London-Shields - 2014

    Jessica graduated in 2000. In 2014 she won our first Alumni Changemaker Award. Jessica’s organization {she crew} is an arts empowerment program for girls aged 10-14. The focus of {she crew} is to develop positive identity in young girls through journaling and performance. To learn more visit www.shecrew.org.

Keep in Touch!

While our alumni may no longer walk the halls of Live Oak (although some still do!), that doesn’t mean that we want to say goodbye. We pride ourselves on creating meaningful connections with our students, and these aren’t relationships that end with graduation.

We are strengthened by alumni participation in life at Live Oak. We love to know what you are up to, celebrate your successes, and offer support to reach your goals. Every year, we host class reunions to reconnect you to the community as you prepare for life after high school. We encourage all of our alumni to come back to visit or volunteer at Live Oak. As our alumni community grows and becomes increasingly active, we look forward to hosting regional gatherings and relying on alumni leadership to create additional opportunities for engagement. 

The Advancement Office has created a group on LinkedIn (Live Oak School); we encourage all Live Oak alumni, faculty, and parents to take part. LinkedIn is a great way for you to connect and reconnect with fellow classmates and teachers, while expanding your professional network.

Additionally, if you are looking to stay up-to-date on the weekly goings on at Live Oak please follow us on Facebook and Instagram for updates, photos, and videos.

You can also help us keep up with you by filling out this News and Contact Information Form.

Whether you connect with us on LinkedIn, Facebook, or by stopping by our Mariposa campus, we look forward to hearing what you have been up to!


Live Oak School welcomes and admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, citizenship status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and faith to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities of Live Oak School. Live Oak School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, citizenship status, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and faith in administration of its educational policies and programs, admissions policies, Adjusted Tuition program, and athletic and other school-administered programs.