Shumsha Hanif-Cruz, Esq.

Shumsha Hanif-Cruz, Esq.

Shumsha Hanif-Cruz is a Family Law Attorney with her own practice. She has been practicing since 2004.  Shumsha is an active member of the Alameda County Bar Association and volunteers in their legal clinics assisting low income clients. 

She is also a member and board member of the Earl Warren Inn of Court, as well as a member of the Women Lawyer's of Alameda County.  Shumsha is a Bay Area native and resides with her husband and three children.

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Candice Walker, MA, MS

Candice’s career trajectory began with her teaching experiences at the University of California, Berkeley, stretching into work with Bay Area Schools, transforming project based learning at High Tech High in San Diego, CA, and most recently as the COO for an aerospace engineering company in Los Angeles, CA. Candice is also the founder of Proportional Plate, where she teaches how to cook, eat, work, play, and live life proportionally - starting by learning how to consciously and sustainably enjoy healthy food. She crafts teacher-friendly weekly meal plans for The Teaching Well. Learn more at

Throughout her years in education and industry she has developed the skills to both manage and meet people where they are to help propel them to accomplish collective goals. She loves bringing her experience managing a variety of projects in both small and large scale to the growth and expansion of The Teaching Well.