Tennessee LEE Public Policy Fellow
Meili Powell is a LEE Public Policy Fellow for the Education Trust in Tennessee, where she supports projects related to statewide policy, advocacy, and stakeholder engagement.
Meili developed a passion for education equity through building relationships with students while working at college-access nonprofits during her time at the University of Washington in Seattle, where she completed her bachelor’s degree in both early childhood & family studies and history. Meili transitioned to Memphis in 2017 as a Teach for America corps member, where she taught first and third grade for three years at KIPP and Dunbar Elementary School. Outside of the classroom, Meili worked as a Policy & Advocacy Fellow with Stand for Children – Tennessee, where she analyzed effective literacy initiatives, researched trauma-informed practices, and helped organize a “Fund Students First” campaign. Meili continued her advocacy by volunteering for Momentum Memphis Task Forces, a community coalition focused on educational justice in Shelby County Schools. As a task force leader, she collaborated with local organizations and elected officials to try and establish a “Youth Education Success” fund. Most recently, Meili worked as a Program Specialist at ALL Memphis (Access Language & Literacy), where she coached teachers and supported schools with building their literacy capacity.
Currently, Meili is also a graduate student at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College, where she is a candidate for the Master’s in Public Policy degree in education policy.