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Kira Orange Jones: Trust Black Women Leaders

An honor anyone would be proud of, Kira Orange Jones was named one of TIME Magazine’s “Most 100 Influential People” in 2015 for her work reshaping the school system when she served as Executive Director of Teach For America in New Orleans. She currently serves as a member of the Louisiana Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, representing District 2. In this episode, Kira dives deep into the lessons she has learned about how to gain technical skills for governing, and how invaluable it is to stay connected to the communities you serve.

Words of WisdomI'm very excited about the next generation of leaders. I think they bring an unequivocal belief that equality needs to be at the center, not the periphery. And they're going to fight like hell to make that a daily, internalized, lived experience for all Americans. And they're willing to go to great lengths to do that. I have profound respect for what they bring and the way they bring it. I think they're going to make the world much, much better.

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