David Yusem

Restorative Justice Program Coordinator, Oakland Unified School District


David Yusem is internationally recognized as a leader in the field of conflict resolution and restorative justice. He currently coordinates the Restorative Justice (RJ) program at Oakland Unified School District. The RJ program at OUSD is considered a National model for the implementation of restorative practices in schools. Prior to working at OUSD, David managed the community mediation program at SEEDS Community Resolution Center, and founded their restorative justice program. David has also initiated RJ pilot programs at the Alameda County Juvenile Justice Center and Berkeley Unified School District.  At OUSD David supports the district-wide implementation of restorative practices as a model for building community, repairing harm, and providing individualized support for students and families. David is committed to building caring, engaging, and equitable school communities, and to the elimination of racial disparities in discipline.