As the foot­print of our Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion began to grow, we quick­ly real­ized that we need­ed to have a full time pres­ence in both East and West Ten­nessee. It’s no sur­prise that we have large and diverse range of Coali­tion mem­bers in Mem­phis, which has been the epi­cen­ter of edu­ca­tion reform, with mul­ti­ple large-scale efforts at inno­va­tion over the past decade. Tennessee’s Race to the Top award in 2010 was the key impe­tus for a range of robust, ground­break­ing, and often con­tro­ver­sial ini­tia­tives to improve pub­lic edu­ca­tion. Now, sev­en years lat­er, Mem­phis con­tin­ues to expe­ri­ence chron­ic dis­par­i­ties and com­plex chal­lenges, includ­ing a city-coun­ty school sys­tem merg­er and the devel­op­ment of the Achieve­ment School Dis­trict. Today 36% of our 3rd grade stu­dents read on grade lev­el, and 11% of our stu­dents are grad­u­at­ing col­lege-ready.

The Ten­nessee Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty Coali­tion rec­og­nizes that sus­tained improve­ment in stu­dent achieve­ment and out­comes can only hap­pen through col­lab­o­ra­tion, and rais­ing our col­lec­tive voic­es togeth­er. Mem­phis is home to over 2,700 non­prof­its, many that serve chil­dren and fam­i­lies, which pro­vides the city with the immense oppor­tu­ni­ty to col­lab­o­rate across sec­tors. We encour­age you to sign up for our newslet­ter, attend our events here local­ly, and join our efforts to make long last­ing change for stu­dents in Mem­phis.


Cardell Orrin
Stand for Chil­dren City Direc­tor

Mark Stur­gis
Seed­ing Suc­cess Exec­u­tive Direc­tor

Tosha Downey
Mem­phis Edu­ca­tion Fund Advo­ca­cy Direc­tor

Ter­ri Free­man
Nation­al Civil Rights Muse­um Exec­u­tive Direc­tor

Steve Bec­ton
Fac­ing His­to­ry Direc­tor of Equi­ty and Diver­si­ty

Natal­ie McK­in­ney
Mem­phis Edu­ca­tion Fund Direc­tor of Whole Child Strat­e­gy

Ven­i­ta Dogget
Shel­by Coun­ty Schools Leg­isla­tive Pol­i­cy Advi­sor

Bob Arnold
CBU Senior Direc­tor of Grants & Foun­da­tions

Dr. Bev­er­ly Cross
Uni­ver­si­ty of Mem­phis Moss Chair of Excel­lence in Urban Edu­ca­tion

David Jor­dan
Agape Exec­u­tive Direc­tor

Michael Wha­ley
LEE (Lead­er­ship in Edu­ca­tion­al Equi­ty) Mem­phis Region­al Direc­tor

Gina John
Lati­no Mem­phis Advo­ca­cy Coor­di­na­tor

Mahal Burr
BRIDGES Com­mu­ni­ty Action Coor­di­na­tor of Bridge Builders

Tam­era Mal­one
Aspire Pub­lic Schools, SCORE Teacher, SCORE Fel­low

Sam Brobeck
Griz­zlies Prep, LEE Teacher, LEE Pol­i­cy Fel­low

Kay­la Brooks
Seed­ing Suc­cess Net­work Facil­i­ta­tor

Dei­dre Mal­one
NAACP Pres­i­dent

Mar­ti Tip­pins Mur­phy
Fac­ing His­to­ry Exec­u­tive Direc­tor

Dana Wilson
BRIDGES Vice Pres­i­dent of Bridge Builders

April Steele
Lati­no Mem­phis Direc­tor of Eval­u­a­tion and Strat­e­gy