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 HC experts and fellow participants Increase your current effectiveness Clarify your profeessional goals Position yourself to advance to the next level

The program includes:

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

    • ​Convening #1 - March 4-7, 2018 (DC Metro Area)

    • Convening #2 - September 23-25, 2018 (Location TBD)

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

  • Structured peer learning teams

  • Individualized leadership and career coaching support, including a validated 360 assessment.

  • 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

  • Peer-to-peer mentorship with past EHCLI participants 

  • Access to all 80+ EHCLI alumni and the broader EP network of 3.5K+ Pioneers


  • 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 and Program Logistics

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

  • Accomplished 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

November 28, 2017

Participant announcement

Late January 2018

Convening #1

March 4-7, 2018

Intersession Learning

April-September 2018

Convening #2

September 23-25, 2018

Program completion

November 2018


Tuition covers a small portion of the total program cost and ensures the commitment of participants and their employers. We encourage participants to work with their employers to sponsor all or part of their tuition and travel costs. Some need-based financial aid will be available, but we ask that all participants and/or their employers make a minimal contribution.

For more specific tuition information, please review the FAQ's.

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Meet the EHCLI Alumni

2017 Cohort

Alexandra Arroyo
Senior Director - Talent Development

YES Prep Public Schools

Pam Awbrey
Senior l Director of Staffing

IDEA Public Schools

Liza Bento
Director of Human Capital Strategy and School Support

Salem Public Schools

Elizabeth Bleier
Director of Talent Acquisition

KIPP St. Louis

Claire Brown
Director of Talent Management

Partnership for Los Angeles Schools

Taylor Brown
Director of Talent Strategy

Indianapolis Public Schools

Katie Clymer
Director, Talent Acquisition

Denver Public Schools

Ben Crosby
Director, Teammate Effectiveness

Aspire Public Schools

Alicia De La Rosa
Co-VP, Recruitment

Achievement First

Kesha DeJarnett
Director of Talent Improvement

Tennessee Department of Education

Leslyn Jones-Petitt
Employment Services Manager

Seattle Public Schools

Valerie Evans
Chief Talent Officer

Achievement Prep

Randall Fowler
Director of Talent and Organization Management

KIPP Dallas - Fort Worth

Candice Frazier
Talent Manager

KIPP New Orleans Schools

Lisa Friscia
Vice President, Talent Development

Democracy Prep Public Schools

Emily Ganyo
Director of Human Capital & Human Resources

Green Dot Public Schools Washington

Logan Hall
Educator Evaluation Supervisor

Human Resources - Salt Lake City School District

Quiyana Hall
Director, HR & Labor Relations


Laura Henderson
Senior Director of Talent

Summit Public Schools

Paul Hughes
Director of Recruitment & Hiring

Noble Network of Charter Schools

Robert Kelsey
Manager of Strategic Staffing
Boston Public Schools

Jason Kennedy
Director, Talent Acquisition

Wake County Public School System

Sarah Koegler
Sr. Managing Director of Human Assets

Teach For America

Sean McDonald
Director, Office of Talent Acquisition and Management

Fairfax County Public Schools

Lindsey Osborne
Talent Acquisition Manager

Shelby County Schools

Grace Pun
Manager, Administrative Staffing & Credentials

San Francisco Unified School District

Meg Robinson-Li
Senior Director, Talent

Rocketship Education

Darin Simmons
Deputy Chief, Employee Services

DC Public Schools

Anne Williams
Senior Director


Celeste Williams
Chief of Talent

Jersey City Public Schools

2016 Cohort




Laura Alvarez

Vice President of Human Resources

Alliance College-Ready Public Schools

Darrell (DJ) Brooks

Director of Strategy and Logistics, Bancroft Elementary School

DC Public Schools

Kevin Bryant

Director of Recruitment

Uncommon Schools

Jordan Carlton

Manager of Talent Acquisition

Dallas Independent School District

Jolene Chavira

Program and Policy Development Advisor

Los Angeles Unified School District

Yanika Daniels Senior Consultant YSD Consultants, LLC
Bradley Eddy Director of Certified Talent Tulsa Public Schools
Diana Harrison Chief Talent Officer Breakthrough Schools
Sarah Hausman Senior Director of Programs FoodCorps
Jessica Heard Deputy Chief, Talent Acquisition DC Public Schools
Debbie Hearty Chief HR Officer Denver Public Schools
Nakia James-Jenkins Senior Director, Talent KIPP NYC Public Charter Schools
Jared Joiner Executive Director of Strategy & Communications San Francisco Unified School District
Shyam Kumar Founder & CEO NorthStar Education Partners
Victoria Lautsch Chief of Staff 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 Head, Human Assets IDEA Public Schools
Ben Ochstein Director of Talent KIPP Bay Area Schools
Jeannine Porter HR Division Director Irving Independent School District
Sheila Redick Director of HR Strategy and Operations Seattle Public Schools
Michael Ripski Vice President, People & Culture ANet
Kimberly Roberts Senior Director of Talent Propel Schools
Soraya Verjee Chief Talent Officer Collegiate Academies
Erin Warner Executive Assistant State of Hawaii Department of Education
Katherine Wieland President and Owner Wieland Consulting, Inc.

2015 Cohort




Lisa Ahn

Organizational Consultant and Leadership Coach

Lisa Ahn Consulting and Coaching

Libby Bain

Director of Talent

KIPP New Orleans Schools

Haliday Douglas

Director of Talent Strategy and Management

Saint Louis Public Schools

Michael Fletcher

Director of Human Resources

Marion P. Thomas Charter School

Sylvia Flowers

Executive Director, Educator Talent

Tennessee Department of Education

Scott Gaiber Program Director Philadelphia Academy of School Leaders
Paula Gama Garcia Senior Vice President Teach For America
Jacqueline Greer Executive Director, DC Urban Teachers
Sydney Henriques-Payne Chief of Staff The Future Project
Clara Hess Chief of Staff, Advisory Support Teach For America
Jill Hulnick Deputy Chief Talent Officer New Jersey Department of Education
Christina Jordan Executive Director of HR & Talent Management Chicago Public Schools
Leslie Krol Gabbianelli Client Manager EdTec
Matthew Lyons Chief Talent Officer Chicago Public Schools
Kara Maguire VP of People Aspire Public Schools
Arthur Mills IV Executive Director, Talent Management and Organizational Strategy Fulton County Schools
Dominique Morris Director, The Broad Residency in Urban Education The Broad Center
Chauncey Nartey  Associate Goldman Sachs
Lauren O'Mara Chief Storyteller Appleseed
Raushawna Price Senior Director, Talent Acquisition Wake County Public Schools
Kendra-Lee Rosati Vice President, Coaching Teach For America
Zack Scott Executive Director, Office of Human Capital Boston Public Schools
Larisa Shambaugh Chief Talent Officer Newark Public Schools
Elizabeth Stamberger Associate Director, Ecosystem and School Support Denver Public Schools
Cordelia Tullous Managing Director Step Up