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Running for Office

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.

Lange Luntao

An APIA elected official asked the room full of participants if they had ever envisioned an Asian-American president before, and no one raised their hands despite everyone in the room being APIA themselves.

Tierra Jolly

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

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.

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

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 quick a 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."

Monica Trejo

Not long ago, Monica Trejo found herself conflicted between respect for Teach For America’s “One

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.

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.

Jonathan Mansoori at LEE's Campaign Boot Camp

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

Attendees at the LEE Campaign Boot Camp 2014

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

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.