Next Impact Fellowship Cohort Begins This Week

The talented professionals chosen to participate in the selective, 10-month EP Impact Fellowship are creative problem solvers, data analysts, and strategic thinkers who are eager to put their skills to work for school districts, charter management organizations, state education agencies, and other major organizations working in public education on behalf of our nation’s highest-need students. EP provides participants with the knowledge, resources, and network to accelerate their work which ensures that their 10-months are impactful for both the education sector and the individual’s career trajectory. 

EP Fellows Bring a Diversity of Perspectives

Fellows learn from experts and from one another to collectively enhance their impact in the projects they’re currently working on with EP’s network of partner organizations, and to strengthen the pipeline of talented leaders ready and interested in taking on roles in data analytics and strategic program/project management across the education sector.

Impact on Education Organizations Nationwide

We’re pleased to have 20 Partners host Impact Fellows this year including:

Boston Public Schools

City Colleges of Chicago

KIPP Bay Area Public Schools

Shelby County Schools

The U.S. Department of Education

For the full list of 2019-2020 Impact Fellows and the Partners for whom they’re working, click here

Additionally, professionals already working in the education sector will join cohorts as Visiting Fellows. Participating in EP's signature leadership development and cohort experiences help these leaders re-energize their commitment to education by deepening their hard and soft skills, engaging in peer consulting, and expanding their professional network. For the full list of the 2019-2020 Visiting Fellows who were nominated by the supervisors to participate in the program, click here.

Early Access to Alumni Network

EP Alumni Advisors and Guides provide EP Fellows with an early connection point to the broader EP Alumni network and introduction to their local education sector through community building events and local learning experiences. Thanks to the EP Alumni who volunteered to serve in this role over the next year. 

Opening in Oakland This Week

EP Fellows across the country will kick off their experience by attending a three-day convening this week in Oakland, CA. Over the course of three days they’ll dig into the root causes of the opportunity gap with a K-12 school lens, explore identity and implicit bias to develop a deeper understanding of individual impact, share their own leadership stories, and more. They’ll also have the opportunity to delve into the local education sector by visiting Roosevelt Middle School and hearing from local education leaders: 

  • Eugine Chung, Chief Operating Officer at Enuma, 2005 EP Alum

  • Lange Luntao, Executive Director at Reinvent Stockton Foundation, 2017 EP Alum

  • Jessica Stewart, Executive Director GO PublicSchools

  • Cliff Hong, Principal, Roosevelt Middle School

The Next 10 Months & Beyond

As they embark on their 10 month journey, we are confident in their ability to transform education and create equity and opportunity both during and beyond their time at EP. As they get to know each other and join the EP Alumni network, they will support each other’s growth, push each other’s thinking, and listen deeply to peers when experiences differ.

We’re excited to support, inspire, and celebrate successes as this new group of Fellows develop and practice transformational leadership competencies, gain critical education sector knowledge, and build strong relationships.

We wish all of our 2019-2020 Impact and Visiting Fellows a rewarding and transformative year!



The 2019-2020 Impact Fellows are:

  • Anne Dhanda, Rocketship Education

  • Afrah Aslam, City Colleges of Chicago

  • Benjamin Friedlander, Memphis Education Fund

  • Bernard Agrest, Teach For America

  • Caitlin Shea

  • Chloe Bergsma-Safar, Gabriella Charter Schools

  • Christopher King, The City Fund

  • Daniel Lin, Impact Public Schools

  • David Li, Rocketship Education

  • Desiree Shanno, College Possible

  • Elizabeth Kistler, Boston Educational Development Fund

  • Erica DeMond, Swing Education

  • Gloria Oh, The Newark Opportunity Youth Network

  • Jessenia Guerra, The U.S. Department of Education

  • Jessica Tellez, The U.S. Department of Education

  • Jessica Tin, Boston Public Schools

  • John Diaz, WestEd

  • Joi Chester, Greater Washington Community Foundation

  • Julian Himes, Impact Tulsa

  • Kevin Johnstun, The U.S. Department of Education

  • Kristen Morin, Shelby County Schools

  • Maile Symonds, The U.S. Department of Education

  • Naomi Wiener, KIPP Bay Area Schools

  • Nikhil Arur, The U.S. Department of Education

  • Raina Henderson, Whole Child Strategies, Inc.

  • Reena Nazir, Bank Street College of Education

  • Rob Leteste, City Colleges of Chicago

  • Syed Jaffery, Memphis Education Fund


The 2019-2020 Visiting Fellows who were nominated by the supervisors to participate in the program are:

  • Adam Brimer, Take Control OK

  • Ashley Marshall, Springfield Prep

  • Eric Kotin, Texas Education Agency

  • Haley Pittman,

  • Jameelah Stuckey, The Opportunity Project

  • Leah Ewall-Wice, Panorama Education

  • Michael Madriaga, Year Up

  • Minu Scaria, Swing Education

  • Nicoline Bach, Dean's List Software

  • Pooja Shah, New York City Department of Education



*This data point is specific to EP Impact Fellowship program participants.

Join the Conversation

Commenting Policy

Education Pioneers does not discriminate against any views but reserves the right to remove or not post comments that are off-topic or contain obscene language, threats, or defamatory statements.