ABOUT US

Founded in 2017, Black Male Educators Alliance was created with the primary goal to recruit, engage, and develop Black male educators. We achieve this by partnering with educational agencies at the local, state and national level to support recruiting black men into education, engaging Black male educators, and developing leaders to improve the education of youth. Today, we remain committed to both increasing as well as developing Black males in education. However, it became clear to us that we needed to expand to reach a broader cross-section of educators – our programming includes women and participants from all racial backgrounds.

mission

Our mission is to develop effective culturally responsive educators who cultivate learning partnerships AND grow independent thinkers into change agents for their communities.

mission anchors

Our Anchor Mission Strategy outlines the ways in which we channel our collective energy to RECRUIT, ENGAGE AND develop BLACK MALE AND Culturally responsive educatORS, WHOM prioritize students’ cultural environment to create “liberated learners”

Recruit

Black men represent only 2% of the national teaching force, although children of color make up the majority of the American school population. Prioritizing the recruitment and onboarding of Black male educators

Engage

Nationally, Black male and culturally responsive educators leave their schools and profession at higher rates than their counterparts. We help schools and administrators develop and implement engagement and retention strategies.

Develop

Research indicates that efforts to develop and invest in the Black male and culturally responsive teaching force are the most effective retention methods for Black and culturally responsive educators

LEADERSHIP TEAM

CURTIS L. LEWIS, Ph.D.

CURTIS L. LEWIS, Ph.D.

Founder/CEO

Michael Payne, Jr.

Michael Payne, Jr.

Co-Founder/ Director of Teaching & Learning

Staci Williams

Staci Williams

Chief of Staff

Brandon Lane

Brandon Lane

Executive Director of Programming and Partnerships

Joe Bush

Joe Bush

Director of K-12 Mentoring

Chris Waston

Chris Waston

Director of Marketing and Information Technology

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Russell Harris Jr.

Russell Harris Jr.

Chair

Tanya Upthegrove Gregory

Tanya Upthegrove Gregory

Vice Chair

Sarah Feldman

Sarah Feldman

Secretary

Abram Miller, ESQ.

Abram Miller, ESQ.

Treasurer

LEAH VAN BELLE, Ph.D.

LEAH VAN BELLE, Ph.D.

Board Member

N. Akosua Burris

N. Akosua Burris

Board Member

Rachele Dimeglio Adam

Rachele Dimeglio Adam

Board Member

Lisa E. Johanon, Esq.

Lisa E. Johanon, Esq.

Board Member

CHANEL HAMPTON, Ph.D.

CHANEL HAMPTON, Ph.D.

Board Member

Rev. Solomon Kinloch, Jr.

Rev. Solomon Kinloch, Jr.

Board Member

Marcia Spivey, Esq.

Marcia Spivey, Esq.

Board Member

CHEZARE A. WARREN, Ph.D.

CHEZARE A. WARREN, Ph.D.

Board Member

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