Jake McGoldrick has a BA in American Studies and an M.A. in English, with a concentration in TESL from San Francisco State University. He has also studied at LaSalle College, the University of Madrid and the University of Santander, Spain. He has taught English, Spanish and French at high schools in San Francisco and ESL at community colleges and universities in the San Francisco Bay Area. He has been involved in San Francisco City government for many years and served as Supervisor of the Richmond District in San Francisco for two four-year terms, from January 2001 - January 2009. He has taught ESL at the University of San Francisco since 1990.