"The perspective of a black, first-generation college graduate, and elected official has been under-represented in the rooms where policy decisions are made."
“We can only accomplish equity by ensuring people know the issues on the ground and making sure policies are implemented with students and equity at the center. As for my future, I love this role, and I will be helping other leaders get into positions of power to help drive the change.”
"My theory of change relies heavily on the idea that my perspective — the perspective of a black, first-generation college graduate, and elected official — has been under-represented in the rooms where policy decisions are made."
I believe that we can assure every child has access to quality educational opportunities in their own neighborhood by adopting equitable policies that bridge the opportunity gap of our diverse student populations.
For more than 20 years, Laura has been leading grassroots social change. Come along with us as we hear about where she’s been and where she’s headed.
As the youngest-ever chair of the Board of Education for the school system where he was once both a student and a teacher, stories of students and the relationships Courtney has with teachers, parents, and community members show up in every policy decision he makes.
Mark Johnson has been described as a “nontraditional choice” for North Carolina state superintendent of public instruction. But that may also be what makes him the right person for the job.
"I knew that I needed a quick skill-building lesson in messaging, fundraising and organizing a campaign, and Ready to Run gave me the tools I was looking for. The lessons I learned there propelled my civic engagement back home."
Oakland Promise will engage nearly 200,000 children and families to help ensure that all students graduate high school with the expectations, skills, and resources to complete college and be successful in the career of their choice.
LEE Member Bruce Leal conducted policy research and worked to pass policy to ensure quality education for students who speak English as a second language in Hawaii.
Aixle Aman, chief of staff for LA Unified School District Board Member Ref Rodriguez, joins The #LeadersTablePodcast for a session on getting through the red tape to get things done in policy.
In 2014, Michael Vargas returned to his hometown of San Benito with a vision of excellent schools and communities. Now, as a San Benito Consolidated Independent School District Board member, he is making positive changes in the lives of the districts’ 11,000 students.
Erika, a LEE member and elected State Board of Education member, is working diligently to ensure that the needs of all Texas students are at the forefront of the board’s conversations. Erika is able to lean in, bring perspective, and make real change for students in Texas.
Miguel Solis, a LEE member and elected school board member in Dallas, is working diligently to ensure that the needs of all Dallas students are at the forefront of the conversation with other board members.
When I arrived in Baltimore for LEE’s African American Political Leadership Program, part of the Diversity in Elected Leadership Series, I often found myself asking “why me?” when it came to running for public office.