Founding Story

Scott Morgan, a former teacher and a Stanford Law School graduate, longed to combine his passion for education with his legal training. Serving as Aspire Public Schools’ first legal counsel, he witnessed the excellent results that Aspire’s diverse leadership team achieved for historically underserved students.

Scott’s vision crystalized: the education sector needed more exceptional talent, and exceptional talent needed a path into education.

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, Scott launched Education Pioneers in 2003.


History & Growth

  • 2003

    Scott Morgan founds Education Pioneers with a bold vision to transform the education sector with top leadership and management talent.

  • 2004

    The Graduate School Fellowship begins. EP’s first cohort launches in the San Francisco Bay Area – 9 Fellows working with 7 education organizations.

    Graduate School Fellowship Cohort
  • 2005

    Beantown bound. EP launches on the East Coast and hosts our first cohort in Boston.

  • 2006

    EP takes a bite out of the Big Apple and expands to New York City, which becomes our biggest site in seven years (more than 80 Fellows each year).

  • 2007

    EP expands on both coasts, launching operations in Los Angeles and the Washington, DC Metro Area. More than 100 leaders join the 2007 program.

  • 2009

    Hello, Windy City. EP launches in Chicago, our Midwest hub. More than 200 leaders join the 2009 program to work with over 100 partner organizations.

  • 2010

    In response to partners’ critical need for analytic talent, EP launches the Analyst Fellowship with 11 Fellows. More than 300 leaders join both Fellowship programs.

    First analyst fellowship cohort
  • 2010

    EP launches in Texas, beginning with a cohort in Houston.

  • 2012

    EP receives over 10,000 applications for our programs in four years (2008-2012).

  • 2012

    In collaboration with The Broad Center and the Strategic Data Project at Harvard University, EP launches The Exchange, an online platform for our education networks to connect, collaborate, and share resources.

  • 2013

    Southern expansion. Committed to working in high-impact locations where education is a community priority, EP expands to New Orleans and Tennessee. More than 400 leaders join the 2013 programs.

  • 2013

    EP celebrates our 10th anniversary. More than 400 Fellows, Alumni, partners, and champions attend our leadership summit and toast the impact of our work.

    10 year anniversary event
  • 2014

    Mile High expansion. EP hosts our first cohort of the Graduate School Fellowship in Denver, Colorado. Across the country, we welcome our largest-ever cohort of more than 500 Fellows serving 200 partner organizations.

  • 2014

    More than 2,500 Education Pioneers leaders have provided over 1,000,000 hours of critical leadership and management support to education organizations nationwide through EP’s programs.

  • 2015

    EP creates a single, expanded Education Pioneers Fellowship—with summer and career tracks—to meet organizations' and candidates' needs for long-term, full-time roles in education leadership.

  • 2023

    Our ambitious goal: EP will have a network of 10,000 leaders working at all levels across the education sector by our 20th anniversary.