LEE member Warren Morgan (TFA St. Louis '07) was selected as a 2016-17 White House Fellow — one of the nation’s most prestigious public service fellowships. During his fellowship, he spent a year serving in the U.S. Department of Education.
Warren worked with LEE throughout the selection process, receiving feedback on his essays and participating in personalized coaching. "I was so blessed to have their support," he said. "They pushed me to reflect on my leadership strengths and identify areas of growth. Through coaching sessions, I was able to connect my personal leadership narrative to my theory of change.”
Warren also credits the LEE Public Leaders Fellowship (LPLF) — a part-time, six-month program for members preparing for a senior leadership role in advocacy, policy, politics or organizing — with providing him a framework to identify how he could most meaningfully impact educational equity.
“The LPLF helped me understand my leadership actions and tendencies, and gave me strategies for interacting with other leaders across different professional sectors. It was through the fellowship that I developed a theory of change for public policy issues that I am passionate about. I was able to connect my personal leadership story to each public policy initiative.
"It's an amazing professional development experience. If you are at a point in your career where you are trying to determine what is next or how you can use your skills as a leader to impact change, then this is the program for you. You will not only develop your own personal leadership capacity, but you will also learn how to effectively be a change agent and champion for educational equity.”
Warren began his career as an advocate on Capitol Hill and served on Illinois Senate President Emil Jones’ Appropriations staff. In 2007 he joined Teach For America, then continued his teaching career after the Corps and moved into school leadership as a principal. Later, he participated in TFA’s School Systems Leaders Fellowship and became an assistant superintendent in Cleveland.
He plans to use all of this experience, and now with his time as a White House Fellow, to be an even more effective public servant and advocate for social change. “I hope to gain knowledge, resources and tools to take back to my community to impact and support improvements in public education and community development.”