Featured Speakers

Miguel Cardona

Dr. Miguel Cardona

Secretary of Education, U.S. Department of Education
Dr. Miguel A. Cardona was sworn in as the 12th Secretary of Education on March 2nd, 2021. Secretary Cardona previously served as the Commissioner of Education in Connecticut, a position he held after being appointed by Governor Ned Lamont in August 2019.
Priscilla Chan

Dr. Priscilla Chan

Co-founder and Co-CEO, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative
Dr. Priscilla Chan is co-founder and co-CEO of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. She is also the founder of The Primary School, which integrates health and education and serves children and families in East Palo Alto and the Belle Haven neighborhood in Menlo Park, California.
Sharif El-Mekki

Sharif El-Mekki

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Center for Black Educator Development
Sharif El-Mekki is the Founder and CEO of the Center for Black Educator Development. The Center exists to ensure there will be equity in the recruiting, training, hiring, and retention of quality educators that reflect the cultural backgrounds and share common socio-political interests of the students they serve.
Freddy Gonzalez

Freddy Gonzalez

Chief Learning Officer, KIPP Foundation
Freddy Gonzalez leads teams across the KIPP Foundation to create and improve curriculum and assessment for the KIPP network and support KIPP regions in improving student achievement.
Tre Johnson

Tre Johnson

DEI Partner, Catalyst:Ed
Tre Johnson is a freelance writer on race and culture and a longtime educator. He started his professional education career as a High School English teacher in Houston, TX and has since worked in various teaching and administrative roles. He is currently the DEI Partner for Catalyst:Ed.
Irshad Manji

Irshad Manji

Founder, Moral Courage ED
Irshad Manji is founder of Moral Courage ED, a nonprofit that empowers students to engage with empathy about polarizing issues. She is the New York Times bestselling author, most recently, of Don't Label Me: How to Do Diversity Without Inflaming the Culture Wars.
Roland Martin

Roland S. Martin

Managing Editor, #RolandMartinUnfiltered
Martin is the host and managing editor of #RolandMartinUnfiltered, the first daily online show in history focused on news and analysis of politics, entertainment, sports, and culture from an explicitly African American perspective.
Lagra Newman

Lagra Newman

Founder & Head of School, Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School
Lagra Newman is the founder and head of school of Purpose Preparatory Academy Charter School. She has a proven track record of transformative academic outcomes for students in district and charter schools.
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Karega Rausch

President & CEO, National Association of Charter School Authorizers
Karega Rausch leads research efforts to build an evidence base of authorizing that leads to increasing and improving educational opportunities for students.
Nina Rees

Nina Rees

President & CEO, National Alliance for Public Charter Schools
Nina Rees is the president and chief executive officer of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools, the leading national nonprofit organization committed to advancing the charter school movement. 
Vanessa Rodriguez

Vanessa Rodriguez

Interim CEO, Citizens of the World Charter Schools
Vanessa Rodriguez began her career in education as a bilingual elementary school teacher in the Bronx. She joined Citizens of the World Charter Schools (CWC) as Chief Program Officer in 2016.
Ian Rowe

Ian Rowe

Resident Fellow, Domestic Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute
Ian Rowe is a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, where he focuses on education and upward mobility, family formation, and adoption. Mr. Rowe is also the co-founder of Vertex Partnership Academies, a new network of character-based International Baccalaureate high schools opening in the Bronx in 2022.