Education Pioneers

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Education Pioneers
FounderScott Morgan
TypeNonprofit organization
FocusMake education the best led and managed sector in the U.S.
HeadquartersOakland, California
Key people
Melissa Wu - Chief Executive Officer
Gale Mondry - Chair, Board of Directors
Scott Morgan - Founder

Education Pioneers is a nonprofit organization that aims to increase the talent supply of top leaders in education to improve the leadership capacity in key education organizations—such as school districts, charter school organizations, and nonprofits. Its mission is to identify, train, connect, and inspire a new generation of leaders dedicated to transforming the U.S. education system so that all students receive a quality education. Leaders work on issues related to: data analysis, strategy and planning, operations, program and project management, finance, human resources, and more, solving problems from outside of the classroom so students and teachers can thrive inside the classroom.[1][2][3]

As one of Education Pioneers’ core values is Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, there is a focus especially on low-income students and students of color.[4]


To bring thousands of exceptional leaders and managers into the sector, to advance the critical work of hundreds of education organizations, and to impact the education of millions of students nationwide, social entrepreneur Scott Morgan founded Education Pioneers in 2003. His vision is to transform the education sector with top leadership and management talent.[5][6]

Education Pioneers began with the Summer Fellowship, serving eight Partner organizations in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2004. Since its inception, Education Pioneers has grown into a national organization with 20 locations and its headquarters in Oakland, California.[7][6]

In its 15 years of operation, nearly 4,000 Education Pioneers’ Fellows have provided critical leadership and management support to education organizations nationwide.[8][3]

Program Areas[edit]

Education Pioneers provides exceptional professionals with stepping stones into education leadership careers to solve problems outside the classroom so that teachers and students can succeed inside the classroom.[9]

The Summer Fellowship is a 10-week summer experience that lays the foundation to become a lifelong leader in education. The Impact Fellowship is an intensive, 10-month experience that helps turn rising leaders' skills and passions for social good into new, tangible leadership opportunities — supporting educational equity and advancing careers at the same time.[9]

Education Pioneers’ Fellows impact education through consulting work, receive professional development, and launch careers across the sector. Upon successful completion of their Fellowships, Fellows become a part of Education Pioneers’ nationwide network and receive ongoing programming, career support, and leadership training. More than 70 percent of Education Pioneers’ employed Alumni work full -time in education.[10][11][3]

Geographic Reach[edit]

Education Pioneers recruits Fellows for placements in the following cities:[12]

Partner Organizations[edit]

A sample list of Education Pioneers Partner organizations includes the following:[13]

Notable alumni[edit]

Examples of notable Education Pioneers Alumni and their impactful roles in the education sector include the following:

Similar Programs[edit]

Other organizations like Teach For America (TFA) and New Leaders for New Schools (NLNS) also stress the role of talent in driving educational improvements, but those organizations differ from Education Pioneers in that Education Pioneers aims to increase the supply of top leaders and managers outside the classroom while TFA and NLNS increase the supply of top teachers and principals. Another similar program, The Broad Residency in Urban Education, places participants into full-time roles in public school systems as well as federal and state departments of education, whereas Education Pioneers offers shorter-term Fellowship programs with the aim of catalyzing long-term careers in education.[25]


  1. ^ Anderson, Michelle (12 May 2011). "Education Pioneers Snags $7.6 Million Gates Grant". Education Week. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  2. ^ "Education Pioneers". Who We Are. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  3. ^ a b c "Education Pioneers". Our Impact. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  4. ^ "Education Pioneers". Core Values. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  5. ^ a b c d e f Mellon, Ericka (30 January 2010). "Nonprofit's recruiters push education leadership jobs". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  6. ^ a b "Education Pioneers". History & Growth. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  7. ^ Rice, Rod (8 February 2010). "Education Pioneers Brings Top Talent to Area Schools". National Public Radio. Retrieved 14 May 2013.
  8. ^ Gordon, Erica (27 February 2018). "National Initiative Selects Fourth Cohort of Leaders to Take on Human Capital Challenges in School Systems". Education Pioneers News. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  9. ^ a b "Education Pioneers". What We Do. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  10. ^ "Education Pioneers". Alumni in Action. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  11. ^ Ruiz, Miguel (2 December 2011). "Education Pioneers Brings Talent to Urban Schools". HARBUS Online. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  12. ^ "Education Pioneers". Where We Work. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  13. ^ "Education Pioneers". Current Partners. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  14. ^ "TDOE Invests in Data". 5 January 2012. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  15. ^ a b c "Education Pioneers Enters Tennessee and Launches in Memphis to Recruit, Train 80 New Education Leaders by 2015". San Francisco Chronicle. 4 June 2013. Retrieved 5 June 2013.
  16. ^ Stern, Gary (29 April 2011). "Teaching turning into a rest stop on the MBA highway". CNN Money. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  17. ^ Vander Ark, Tom (29 October 2012). "Creative Cities: New Orleans". Education Week. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  18. ^ "Our Pioneers: Alexandra Bernadotte". Retrieved 28 January 2017.
  19. ^ "Revolution Foods". Leadership Team. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  20. ^ "Achievement School District". Team. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  21. ^ "Activate Ed". Shannah Varon. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  22. ^ "Uncommon Schools". Laura Lee McGovern. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  23. ^ "Harvard Business School". Harvard Business School Leadership Fellows Program Announces 2010-2011 Recipients. Retrieved 22 April 2013.
  24. ^ Gewertz, Catherine (21 May 2013). "Glimpses of Poverty Lead Administrator to Education". Education Week. Retrieved 8 July 2013.
  25. ^ "The Broad Residency". Retrieved 22 April 2013.

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