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Joel Baum, MS

Joel Baum, MS, Senior Director of Professional Development and Family Services, is responsible for all programmatic aspects at Gender Spectrum. He facilitates trainings, conducts workshops, develops curriculum, consults with parents/ professionals, and provides resources in service of a more compassionate understanding of gender. He is a founding member and Director of Education and Advocacy with the Child and Adolescent Gender Center at UCSF. Working throughout the United States and beyond, he is frequently called upon to help institutions think more expansively about the gender diversity of all children and teens, and ways to create more inclusive conditions accordingly.

For nearly 30 years, Joel’s work as an educator has focused on issues of social justice and equity. First as an award-winning middle school science teacher and school administrator, he has also served as a district administrator in Oakland, California, as well as a school reform coach with the National Equity Project. Joel is also a professor at California State University, East Bay in the Department of Educational Leadership.

Gender Spectrum provides education, resources and support to help create a gender sensitive and inclusive environment for all children and teens. We accomplish this mission through school trainings, parent support groups and consultations, policy development, our annual Family Conference, and work with medical and mental health care providers, social service agencies, and others working with families and kids.

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