Find out more about the alumni of 50CAN's Education Advocacy Fellowship.
Atnre Alleyne, Delaware
Atnre joined the 50CAN Fellowship from the Delaware Department of Education, where he led policy and research efforts on teacher and leader effectiveness with the Strategic Data Project of Harvard University. He is the founder of TeenSHARP, an organization that prepares talented students of color for top colleges. After his fellowship, Atnre went on to found DelawareCAN in January 2017.
Raymond Allmon, Louisiana
Raymond joined the 50CAN fellowship after pioneering Stand for Children's Louisiana parent organizing efforts. Throughout the fellowship, he worked with leaders across the state and built up his understanding of the broader set of advocacy tactics that could be used to move Louisiana forward. After completing the fellowship, Raymond co-founded Boys Prep Catalyst School in Baton Rouge and joined Leadership for Educational Equity as Regional Director of Louisiana.
Eva Colen, Virginia
Eva joined 50CAN after serving as Teach For America's managing director of community engagement in Richmond and as state director for recruitment in Virginia. Throughout her fellowship, Eva worked with local and state level organizations to establish an independant advocacy organization on behalf of Virginia's children. She officially launched Virginia Excels in the spring of 2017.
Nina Gilbert, Georgia
Prior to joining the 50CAN fellowship, Nina served as the senior advisor on education reform at the Morehouse Research Institute. She is also responsible for founding and replicating Ivy Preparatory Academy, Georgia's first single gender charter school. During her fellowship, Nina's listening tour and research connected her with state and national funders, policymakers, officials in higher education, advocacy partners and community leaders focused on transforming and strengthening Georgia's lowest performing public schools. After completing the fellowship, Nina founded EdCollab Atlanta, where she also serves as the Chief Visionary Officer. At EdCollab, Nina uses collaboration to fuel student success withaccelerated academic achievement, innovation and social change.
Elliot Haspel, San Francisco
Elliot joined the 50CAN fellowship after serving at Leadership for Educational Equity because he believed that there was more that needed to be done in the Bay Area to move education reform forward. Throughout the fellowship, Elliot explored the barriers to greater progress and concluded that one of the greatest needs was more C4 activity in key communities to break through the status quo. After the fellowship, Elliot took on the role of Director of Advocacy & Engagement for Education Matters. He now serves as a policy analyst at the Virginia Early Childhood Foundation.
Jumoke Hinton, Oakland
Jumoke joined the 50CAN fellowship after serving as the director of the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education. Through the fellowship, Jumoke determined a strategic plan to strengthen Oakland's demand for equitable practices in classrooms. Jumoke completed the fellowship in September 2016 with a policy campaign to ensure equitable outcomes for students who are racially, economically and linguistically diverse in Oakland. In November 2016, she was re-elected to the Oakland Unified School District Board of Education in District 3.
Brent Kent, Indiana
Brent joined the 50CAN fellowship after serving as executive director of Students First-Indiana. During the fellowship, Brent used his training to examine how advocacy can improve policy across the state and focused his listening tour on identifying the biggest gaps. After completing the fellowship, Brent was named the CEO of Connected by 25 in Indianapolis.At Connected by 25, Brent works to provide the financial, educational and social support to assist youth transitioning from the Indiana foster care system into the community.
Takashi Ohno, Hawaii
Takashi joined the 50CAN fellowship in 2016 as a Teach For America alumni and elected State Representative in the Hawaii State Legislature. During the fellowship, Takashi engaged stakeholders across the Aloha State to define key areas that a Hawaii advocacy organization needed to address. Takashi will continue to serve as a partner to 50CAN and as a State Representative.
Martín Pérez Jr., Arizona
Martín joined the 50CAN fellowship most recently from his position as a fifth-grade team leader at a low-income school in the Alhambra School District. Throughout the fellowship, Martín developed a strong advocacy skillset to bring back into the classroom for his students. After completing the fellowship, Martín was thrilled to accept the position of Assistant Principal of Operations and Academic Services at Academia del Pueblo.
Adam Schmidt, Wisconsin
Adam joined the 50CAN Fellowship from Teach For America, where he served as managing director of Wisconsin. Through his work on the fellowship, Adam was introduced to a broad set of education stakeholders in Wisconsin and developed into a local expert on education policy issues in Milwaukee. After completing the fellowship, Adam was named Director of Talent & Strategy at Seton Catholic Schools in Milwaukee, WI. There he works to grow high-quality options in Milwaukee and influence the development of the urban teacher pipeline.