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Matthew Oates is a board director for the Kansas City Public Schools. He joined the board in November 2015 and currently works to ensure KCPS academic achievement and fiscal accountability are monitored through effective board governance.

According to Oates, a quality education is a catalyst in creating and sustaining vibrant communities. Creating this educational environment for KCPS students is why Oates joined the board four years ago and it’s why he’s running to serve Sub-District 1 as its KCPS board director.

During his time, the board has hired a high-functioning superintendent to execute the district’s goals. Further, the district has scored in full accreditation range two of the last three years. Oates delivered on his commitment to early childhood education (ECE) and voted to expand to 1,200 no-fee early education seats for KCPS families to ensure more students are ready for Kindergarten on Day 1.

Oates has been a dedicated representative for his current sub-district. He’s led and participated in thorough research for new board policies and invested in personal development in board governance. He has also served as the board treasurer since 2016. Working closely with board colleagues and administration, Oates has guided an inclusive and transparent budget process prioritizing the needs of schools and instruction.

Oates completed his K-12 education in the Kansas City Missouri School District, graduating from Paseo Academy of the Fine & Performing Arts. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He is a registered professional engineer in Missouri and works as a consulting engineer in the oil, gas and chemical industry.

Oates coaches baseball each summer through the Reviving Baseball in the Inner City (R.B.I.) program since 2009. He has volunteered in the Lead to Read program since 2014. And he served on the board at Friends of Hale Cook from 2013-2015. Oates served as the fundraising chair for the Mizzou Black Alumni Association during 2018 and helped raise nearly $9,000 in a 24-hour span for scholarships during a Mizzou fundraising drive, a record high. For that effort and all of his community involvement, he was awarded the 2018 Mizzou Graduate of the Last Decade (G.O.L.D.) Award from the Mizzou Alumni Association.