Oakland’s ousted CFO takes job in Berkeley

Javetta Robinson didn’t skip a beat after she was fired from the Oakland school district — apparently, over professional differences with State Administrator Kimberly Statham.

Robinson has landed a job as Deputy Superintendent-CFO of the Berkeley school district. Here’s the news release:

District Superintendent

News Release
August 22, 2007
For Immediate Release
Contact: Mark Coplan
Public Information Officer: 510-472-3811

Berkeley School District Names New Chief Financial Officer- Deputy
Superintendent, Javetta Robinson.

The Berkeley Board of Education has announced the appointment of Javetta
Robinson as the school district’s new Deputy Superintendent-Chief
Financial Officer, to replace outgoing Deputy, Eric D. Smith, who is
leaving the District after shepherding BUSD into greater financial
stability and a balanced budget. Deputy Smith leaves the District to
return to his family in the Central Coast, from where he has been
commuting the past two years.

Deputy Superintendent Javetta Robinson has worked in public education for
over ten years, beginning her career as an Internal Auditor for Sacramento
Unified. She spent the two years in Compton Unified in Southern
California as CBO, and most recently in Oakland Unified School District as
the Chief Financial Officer, managing a budget of over $500 million.

She is a seasoned administrator with years of experience in financial,
general and operations management administration, and has expertise in
strategic planning, budget development, accounting, financial modeling and
systems implementation. She was raised in the Bay Area and understands the
financial demands of an urban school system.

Superintendent Michele Lawrence stated, “Since Ms. Robinson’s path has
crossed mine more than once in our careers, I was able to call on a few
administrators whose judgment I know and trust and they gave her the
highest recommendations. Combined with what I’ve seen of her work in
Oakland, I am confident in her abilities, and the contribution she can
provide to Berkeley.

Incoming Deputy Superintendent Robinson says, “I have heard so many
positive things about Michele, the District and the Berkeley community,
and I look forward to continuing the direction of long-term fiscal
solvency already begun by Eric D. Smith.”

Katy Murphy

Education reporter for the Oakland Tribune. Contact me at kmurphy@bayareanewsgroup.com.

  • Alice

    Good for her, Berkeley is very smrt and lucky!

  • Jim Mordecai

    I agree with Alice.

  • Turner

    Smart people. They know good people when they see them. Too bad for Oakland.

  • http://www.ibabuss.com/education Javetta

    I will truly miss working with the Oakland board, community and staff. I am excited about my new opportunity in Berkeley.