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Teams

LEE has both internal and member-facing teams. Each team focuses on a different aspect of our work, such as elected leadership, policy and advocacy, or organizing. The most qualified applicants for these teams often have experience in one of those fields.

Our member-facing teams

Regional Impact

Develops deep relationships with members and cultivates strong partnerships to advance our work on a local and national level. With staff in all LEE regions, they work with members to identify and connect them with fitting opportunities while building a strong, regional network to advance issues of educational equity.

Elected Leadership

Works to inspire a diverse group of members to seek and serve in elected office to create impact for kids in their communities’. They work to develop our members' leadership by building their campaign and political skills; through preparing for, and running strategic campaigns, and increasing their effectiveness once serving in elected office.

Organizing Leadership

Believes that effective community organizing is key to creating meaningful change for students and families in the communities we serve. They work in two key ways to achieve educational equity: The organizing strategy team partner with our members to train and build a strong network of inspired organizers who have the relationships, resources, and followings to successfully act on the issues that most matter to students in their regions. The organizing career leadership team identifies top organizing talent and place members into fellowships and senior organizing positions across the country.

Policy & Advocacy

Cultivates a diverse group of policy and advocacy leaders who, through their leadership and position, enable a local and national education policy landscape that promotes improved and lasting educational opportunity and attainment for all children across the country.

Leadership Development & Design

Advances members’ ability to achieve their vision for educational equity across different roles in politics, policy, advocacy and organizing. LDD designs and shapes the experiences through which members clarify their values, strengthen skills, develop knowledge and increase awareness of their identities and leadership styles so they can achieve their vision for change. LDD collaborates closely with other LEE teams to ensure we are consistently designing and delivering high-impact programs to advance our members’ skills and effectiveness in politics, policy, advocacy and organizing.

Our infrastructure teams

Strategy & Operations

Builds and sustains the organizational infrastructure and culture necessary to develop our diverse membership into a base of leaders building power toward educational equity. The team works to attract and retain diverse talent in order to drive impact, ensure sustainable funding, and develop reliable systems and processes that help staff to achieve even the most ambitious of goals.

Technology

Bolsters and scales LEE’s impact by embedding innovative technology throughout LEE’s work. They are an integrated partner with every LEE team. The Technology Team analyzes and improves processes, deeply understands the problems being solved, and delivers solutions with precision and quality. They strive to empower and inspire staff and members through education and the demonstration of impactful technology-driven solutions.

Office of the Executive Director

Leads the organization and makes decisions regarding LEE and our members to increase our impact. This office is responsible for communicating with external partners, donors and board members. In addition, the OED builds and maintains relationships with other key stakeholders in this work.

#WeAreLEE

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Sarah Cusick
Senior Director, Leadership Development and Coaching
All famiLEE members live out our core values each and every day—from truly embracing continuous learning in a willingness to try and learn from new things, to being member driven in every goal set and program planned. Our members are inspiring, and it is energizing to know everyone else at LEE is working equally hard to develop the leadership of our base so we can see real change for kids. #WeAreLEE
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Michael Vargas
Manager, Candidate Ready Development
LEE has embarked on one of the most consequential endeavors in our society. Given that education is the civil rights issue of our time, LEE is attempting to build the capacity of former teachers and education leaders to make educational equity a reality in underserved communities across this great nation. Although it is no small task, we are relatively successful because of the wonderful organizational support and development it offers its employees on a continual basis. The organization’s flexibility and transparent professional vulnerabilities is what I like the most. I am able to work from home in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, where I am able to serve my community as an elected school board member, but also inspire and motivate others to run for office as a member of the Elected Leadership Team.
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Brooke Schwartz
Manager, Strategic Planning
I love my job because I am challenged daily, and everyone at LEE is passionate about the mission of the organization. It’s rare to work somewhere where you’re supported by staff at all levels, and there’s still room for flexibility and input in your work. Being able to work from home or move to another city easily is a huge plus as well!

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