Celebrating Black Leaders Driving Change Through Policy & Advocacy

Members of the PIE Network are united by our belief that education can—and should—be transformative, and that change is needed now in the ongoing fight for racial justice and educational excellence.

This #BlackHistoryMonth we are celebrating some of the many Black leaders across the Network driving change through policy and advocacy. Below Network Leaders share how their identity shapes their approach to equity within education. Please check back as we continue to add leaders in the coming days.

Interested in nominating a colleague on your team to be featured in this or future campaigns? Please reach out.

Ariel Johnson, Chief of Staff, Illinois Network of Charter Schools



Carra Powell, Memphis Director of Policy and Advocacy, Tennessee Charter School Center


Darcel Sanders, CEO, GO Public Schools


Denisha Merriweather, Director of Family Engagement, American Federation for Children

Elisha Smith Arrillaga, Executive Director, The Education Trust-West



Emory Edwards, Senior Outreach Director, EdChoice

Ja’Neane Minor, Director of Government Relations, Advance Illinois

Karega Rausch, President and CEO, National Association of Charter School Authorizers

You can read more about NACSA’s work to put community needs at the center of their work at withcommunities.org.

Kevin Malonson, Texas Executive Director, Teach Plus

Kymyona Burk, Policy Director, Early Literacy, Foundation for Excellence in Education

Maya Bugg, CEO, Tennessee Charter School Center



Nathan Hoffman, Policy and Research Director, Empower Illinois

Rob Reed, Vice President, Legal Affairs, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools

Tequilla Brownie, Executive Vice President, Strategy Policy & Community Coalitions, TNTP


Tim Abram, Associate Policy Director, Educational Opportunity, Foundation for Excellence in Education

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