Elected leadership is a lever for systemic change.
In order to end the injustice of educational inequity, we need to have better decision-makers at the local, state, and federal levels that center on equity and prioritize the needs of all children.
In any given electoral cycle, most voters only have one choice for more than half of elected offices because no one else runs.
Serving in office means that you can represent issues and communities that have been traditionally marginalized, and contribute your unique experiences to the legislative process. By raising your hand and saying “I will,” not only can you dramatically alter the conversation—you can literally change the face of elected offices in your community.
We support all LEE members who are interested in exploring their futures in elected office. Set up time with an elected leadership coach as first step to learn how to get started!
LEE Member Jorge Pacheco Jr. ran “because lives are at stake”
“I'm tired of waiting and people telling me to wait … Make that decision to run and choose to represent the community that has never been represented before.”
Jorge serves as president of the Oak Grove School District in San Jose, CA. As a near-high school dropout who became the first in his family to earn a college degree, he knows firsthand how education can change lives for the better, which is why he returned to his hometown of San Jose to serve his community's youth and families as a public school teacher. Read more of Jorge's story.