The application for the 2017 EHCLI Cohort is now open. Apply by December 5!

The Power of Human Capital in Education

Now more than ever, the education sector needs leaders who understand how to harness the transformative power of people to deliver positive outcomes for students.

Studies have shown time and again that the two most important factors in increasing student achievement are:

  • The teacher in the classroom

  • The leader of the school

Districts and other school systems allocate more than 80% of their budgets to people costs, yet many have struggled to manage this massive investment strategically to benefit our nation’s students.

Human capital leaders are uniquely positioned to redefine and redesign how districts, charter management organizations (CMOs), and state education agencies (SEAs) can proactively attract, develop, and retain the most effective teachers and principals, as well as the teams that support them.

In partnership with the Urban Schools Human Capital Academy (USHCA), Education Pioneers is committed to developing the next generation of human capital leaders to transform education by focusing on the people that make a difference in students’ lives.

About the Program

The Emerging Human Capital Leaders Initiative (EHCLI) is a professional development program that exposes participants to the most effective and innovative human capital (HC) practices in education, while building their knowledge, skills, and network to support their career advancement.

EHCLI aims to grow and strengthen the pipeline of leaders who can design and implement highly-effective human capital functions across the education sector, specifically to benefit our nation’s highest need students.

Our Vision

  • Building a strong pipeline of leaders who are ready and able to assume top human capital roles in urban school districts, charter management organizations, state education agencies, and nonprofits serving under-resourced students

  • Growing a robust national network of human capital leaders who connect, collaborate, and innovate to improve student outcomes

  • Helping school systems shift from compliance-driven human resources practices to strategic human capital management focused on recruiting, developing, and retaining effective teachers and principals

Program Features

EHCLI is designed to prepare leaders to take on the toughest human capital (HC) challenges our school systems face.  Participants will learn from experts and from one another, increase their effectiveness in their current roles, clarify their future career goals, and be positioned for advancement to more senior levels of human capital leadership.

Learn from experts and fellow participants Increase your current effectiveness Clarify your future career goals Position yourself to advance to the next level

The program includes:

  • Two in-person convenings with expert facilitators and knowledgeable panelists 

    • ​Convening #1 - March 5-8, 2017 (DC Metro Area)

    • Convening #2 - September 17-19, 2017 (Location TBD)

  • Virtual intersession learning experiences (Q&A with industry experts, problems of practice, webinars, etc.)

  • Structured peer learning teams

  • 360 assessment and individualized coaching support

  • Exposure to accomplished human capital leaders in the field

  • Case studies of human capital reform efforts

  • Feedback and support on how to apply learning to individual human capital priorities

  • Guidance regarding career advancement opportunities

  • Access to EHCLI alumni and the broader EP network


  • Participants will benefit from access to experts, immersive learning experiences, coaching resources, and networking opportunities to maximize their potential as future human capital leaders.  We aim to accelerate participants’ career development and prepare them for increasingly senior human capital roles in education.

  • Districts, charter management organizations, state education agencies, and education-support organizations will benefit from a growing pipeline of leaders who are better equipped to be effective human capital leaders.

  • The education sector will benefit from a more robust network of human capital professionals who can promote and share best practices, resources, and lessons learned to help drive improved student achievement.

Application Process

We are seeking emerging human capital (HC) leaders with a high degree of potential and a deep commitment to the communities where they work. Most participants will likely be one to two steps away from the most senior human capital leadership positions in a large urban district or state education agency, or one step away from senior human capital positions in small to mid-sized districts, charter management organizations, or nonprofits.


  • Experience in human capital or related function in a district, charter management organization, state education agency, or related education organization

  • Exceptional results-oriented performer with at least 5 years of work experience

  • Aspires to a more senior level of human capital leadership in an urban district or other school system

  • Demonstrated track record in managing people, teams, and/or complex projects and initiatives

  • Proven collaborator and effective networker

  • Committed to attending all convenings and completing mandatory program activities




Application deadline

December 5, 2016

Participant announcement

Early-February 2017

Convening #1

March 5-8, 2017

Intersession Learning

April-September 2017

Convening #2

September 17-19, 2017

Program completion

November 2017

Apply Now


Know an Emerging Human Capital Leader?


  • Review the FAQs.

  • For more information, contact Gianna Bruno, Director of Career Advancement at Education Pioneers

Meet the 2016 EHCLI Cohort

Laura Alvarez
Vice President of Human Resources

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Darrell (DJ) Brooks
Director of Strategy and Logistics at Bancroft Elementary School


Kevin Bryant
Director of Recruitment

Uncommon Schools

Jordan Carlton
Talent Leader of Talent Acquistion

Dallas Independent School District

Jolene Chavira
Program and Policy Development Advisor

Los Angeles Unified School District

Yanika Daniels
Independent Consultant (self employed)


Bradley Eddy
Director of Certified Talent

Tulsa Public Schools

Adriane Esquilin
Chief Human Capital Officer

Paterson Public Schools

Diana Harrison
Chief Talent Officer

Breakthrough Charter Schools

Sarah Hausman
Director of School Support

Boston Public Schools

Jessica Heard
Deputy Chief, Talent Acquisition

District of Columbia Public Schools

Debbie Hearty
Chief HR Officer

Denver Public Schools

Nakia James-Jenkins
Senior Director of Human Resources

KIPP NYC Public Charter Schools

Jared Joiner 
Executive Director of Strategy & Communications

San Francisco Unified School District

Brianna Koehler
Executive Director of Talent Acquisition and Management

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Shyam Kumar
Founder & CEO 

NorthStar Education Partners

Victoria Lautsch
Director of Recruitment

UP Education Network

Griselda Lopez
Assistant Principal of Instruction

IDEA Public Schools

Samantha Matamoros-Rangel
Director of Human Capital

Green Dot Public Schools

Diana Meyer
Senior Director, Human Resources

Uplift Education

Emily Nielson
Chief Talent Officer
Camden City School District

Ben Ochstein
Director of Teacher and Leader Pipeline Development

KIPP Bay Area Schools

Jeannine Porter
Director of Talent Acquistion and Retention

Spring Independent School District

Sheila Redick
Director of HR Strategy and Operations

Seattle Public Schools

Michael Ripski
Vice President, People & Culture


Kimberly Roberts
Director of Talent

Propel Schools

Soraya Verjee
Chief Talent Officer

Collegiate Academies

Erin Warner
Executive Assistant

State of Hawaii Department of Education

Katherine Wieland
Senior Vice President, Operation

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