Faauuga Moliga is a San Francisco native and San Francisco Unified School District alumni. He grew up in the San Francisco neighborhoods of Bernal Heights and Hunter’s Point, where he lived in public housing with his family. He gained first-hand insight into the SFUSD as a student at Paul Revere Elementary, Burbank Middle School, McAteer High School, Downtown High Continuation, John Adams, and finally as a graduate from Balboa High School. Later down the road, he would also come to further understand the importance of public education as a father of children attending public schools.
Moliga received his bachelor’s degree in Justice Studies at San Jose State University. Originally intent on becoming a lawyer, he left law school when he discovered that only five out of 55 Pacific Islanders at Burton had a 2.00 GPA. The lack of support for Pacific Islander students compelled Moliga to start Take Out Until Completely Healed (TOUCH). For six years, he spearheaded a program supporting over one hundred young women within a given year and leading to a 90% college transition rate for all seniors. Today, TOUCH participants have graduated and attended colleges such as UCLA, Harvard, Smith College, and UC Riverside.
Moliga then developed student advocacy programs Center for Academic Re-entry Empowerment Center to help chronically truant students. After this, he worked with Burton High School to increase the school's attendance and decrease its push-out rate. While at Burton, Faauuga also extended his support to the PUMA Prevent initiative to address.
After his work with Burton, Moliga studied at San Jose State University's School of Social Work with a concentration on mental health and social justice, interned for the SFUSD Student Intervention Team and spent a school year at Carver Elementary, providing school wide support systems and individual counseling for the students and educators.
After graduating, Moliga was recruited by the Richmond Area Multi Services to be the therapist for June Jordan High School. Today, he works for the Department of Public Health Community Wellness Program building wellness centers for the HOPE SF initiative and provides trauma-informed practices for students at Downtown High School once a week.
Commissioner Moliga is a member of the following committees:
- Budget and Business Services
- Buildings, Grounds and Services
- Joint City, School District, and City College Select Committee (alternate)