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Alice Li

Alice Li didn't see herself as an elected leader.

Will Cunningham

LEE member Will Cunningham believes in representation, and being your honest, open, true self.

Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca

Holly Maria Flynn Vilaseca believes in the power of shared stories.

Warren Morgan

LEE member Warren Morgan (TFA St.

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is a nonpartisan, nonprofit leadership development organi

Noemi Pavon

Noemi Pavon didn't always think her experiences made her qualified to be an elected leader.

“You may not always see leaders who look like you.

Take a look at the story of LEE member Jason Esteves, a board member for Atlanta Public Schools.

Take a look at the story of LEE member Tara Murphy Beardsley, an elected member of the Malden School Committee in Massachusetts.

Take a look at the story of LEE member Angela Orange, an elected board member for Marietta City Schools in Georgia.

"The perspective of a black, first-generation college graduate, and elected official has been under-represented in the rooms where policy decisions are made."

Cipriano Vargas

“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.”

Winford Adams

"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."

The Candidate Ready Development team at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) works with LEE me

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.

“If not you, then who?” Melody asks at the end of this video.

Adriana Lombard

"Education and education policy needs to be student-centered."

Tierra Jolly

Tierra Jolly, a sixth-generation Washingtonian, LEE member, and proud teacher, shares her story a

Chelsea Addison

"I believe those who are directly impacted by educational inequity have a unique role in creating the solution."

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.

"Real leadership happens when individuals see value in ever

Our communities and students need — and deserve — representatives who will speak up with them.

Elisa Hoffman

LEE member and Cincinnati School Board member Elisa Hoffman made the most of 2016.

Mark Johnson

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.

Alejandro Espinoza

"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."

Timothy Abram, II

"Campaign Boot Camp gave me the precise skills that I needed to play a prominent role in a campaign."

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.

Monica Trejo

Growing up in poverty and changing schools more than ten times, the odds were stacked against Mon

Kalima Johnson TFA 25 Headshot

In August 2011, Kalima Johnson left the United States for the first time.

Bruce Leal at TFA 25 Summit

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.

Listen to the Leaders' Table Podcast

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.


The presidential race may have stolen the spotlight this election season, but there were some imp

Michael Vargas being sworn in on May 18, 2015 as a Board Member for San Benito Consolidated Independent School District.

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.

What does your ballot look like?

Teachers and former teachers are shaping their communities as elected leaders.

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.

Manny Lamarre Headshot

LEE Public Policy Fellow, Manny Lamarre (Miami-Dade, ’09), was recently promoted

Jonathan Mansoori at LEE's Campaign Boot Camp

LEE's Campaign Boot Camp prepares members for the real world of running election campaigns.

Indira Dammu, second from right, talks with her APIA PLP peers.

A reflection on the LEE 2014 Asian and Pacific Islander Political Leadership Program

Attendees at the LEE Campaign Boot Camp 2014

LEE Member Megan Miraglia was inspired after attending the LEE Campaign Boot Camp 2014

Christine Lloyd

LEE Member Christine Lloyd, on right, participates in LEE’s Women’s Political Leadership Program in Washington, DC.

LEE’s African American Political Leadership Program

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.