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|Focus||Make education the best led and managed sector in the U.S.|
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Education Pioneers recruits Fellows for placements in the following cities:
- San Francisco Bay Area
- Los Angeles
- New Orleans
- DC Metro Area (including Baltimore)
- New York Metro Area
- Kansas City
- New Orleans
A sample list of Education Pioneers Partner organizations includes the following:
- Oakland Unified School District
- New York City Department of Education
- Tennessee Department of Education
- Los Angeles Unified School District
- Boston Public Schools
- Chicago Public Schools
- DC Public Schools
- Houston Independent School District
- Achievement School District
- Citizen Schools
- Envision Schools
- Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship
- New Leaders for New Schools
- Recovery School District
- Rocketship Education
- Teach for America
- The New Teacher Center
- The New Teacher Project
- Uncommon Schools
- YES Prep Public Schools
Examples of notable Education Pioneers Alumni and their impactful roles in the education sector include the following:
- Alexandra Bernadotte (2007), Founder and CEO, Beyond 12
- Kristin Richmond (2005), CEO and Co-Founder, Revolution Foods 
- Ash Solar (2007), Chief Talent and Strategy Officer, Tennessee Achievement School District
- Shannah Varon (2009), Executive Director, Boston Collegiate Charter
- Laura Lee McGovern (2006), Chief Operating Officer, Uncommon Schools New York City
- Whitney Petersmeyer (2009), Vice President, Regional Growth Strategy & Development, Teach for America
- Brian Pick (2007), Chief, Teaching and Learning, District of Columbia Public Schools
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.
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