Administration Bios

Dr. Ida Oberman - Executive Director & Founder

Executive Director Dr. Oberman is the founder of Community School.  Dutch born and German educated, she is an immigrant to the US and learned English as a foreign language.   She has planned for over twenty years to start a multiculutural urban public Waldorf school  and since 2008 she has worked closely with Oakland Community Organizations (,a growing body of parents, educators, community leaders, and public officials in its execution to launch.  

Since its 2011 founding,  Dr. Oberman has raised just over $1 million for the school from committed funders and individuals. She has built and extended networks for this first-of-its-kind intercultural public Waldorf initiative at the local, state, national and international level with partners  ranging from Alliance for Public Waldorf Education, Envision Learning Partners Bay Area Performance Network, BELL Learning and Alameda County Food Bank.  In addition, each year she guides a group to present at the National American Education Research Association  Annual Meeting on the school's cutting edge work.Education:

PhD, Stanford University, CA
MA, Stanford University, CA
BA, Swarthmore College, PA
CA Teaching Certificate, HS Social Studies Multiple Subjects, San Francisco State University, CA
Waldorf Certificate, HS, Handwork and German as a World Language, Waldorf Training, Stuttgart, Germany
High School Diploma, Tuebingen Waldorf School, Tuebingen, Germany

Ms Adrienne Barnes, Chief Business Officer

Ms. Adrienne Barnes, CBO, is excited to join Community School for Creative Education as an Oakland native and experienced financial professional. After working as an external consultant to CSCE for four years, Ms. Barnes brings her experience in finance and management in-house to CSCE as its first Chief Business Officer. 


Prior to joining CSCE, she worked in higher education, then in the non-profit sector managing lending in the charter school, healthcare, and grocery sectors. Ms. Barnes then managed budgeting and compliance for a variety of charter schools spanning grades TK-12. In her spare time, she enjoys the outdoors and attending her family’s sporting events.



Master of Business Administration


Bachelor of Arts, Political, Legal and Economic Analysis 


  • Citi Leadership Program for Opportunity Finance

  • Toastmasters International: Past Area Governor, President, and Vice President of Membership

  • Goldman Sachs 10,000 Women Scholar


Raúl Alcantar, Dean of School Culture

Yolanda Cordova, Office Manager 

Ms. Yolanda Cordova brings a bright smile and professionalism to our front office.  As office manager, she is your go-to source for many of the questions you may have and is often the first face your children will see. Ms. Yolanda brings a level of dedication to CSCE and is an assett to our administrative team with her insight. Ms. Yolanda is also a dedicated mother who is always looking to go on a new adventure with her boys.