The Resource Equity Task Force at The Education Trust in Tennessee is comprised of civil rights, education, business and community leaders who have demonstrated commitment to educational equity in our state. They provide strategic input and critical thought-partnership on education resources and funding in Tennessee. Additionally, these leaders help craft an advocacy agenda that builds public understanding about education funding in Tennessee.

Claudia Caballero

Claudia Caballero

President and CEO
Centro Hispano de East Tennessee

Claudia Caballero is the President & CEO of Centro Hispano, the community center and educational hub for the Latino…

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Katie Cour

Katie Cour

President & CEO
Nashville Public Education Foundation

Katie Cour serves as the President and CEO of the Nashville Public Education Foundation with 20 years of experience…

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Judy Freudenthal

Judy Freudenthal

Vice President of Youth Engagement
Oasis Center

Judy Freudenthal is Oasis Center V.P. of Youth Engagement, Action and External Evaluation with 40 years of experience in…

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Diarese George

Diarese George

Founder & Executive Director
Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance

Dr. Diarese George is the founder and executive director of the Tennessee Educators of Color Alliance, an organization focused…

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Candy Johnson

Candy Johnson

Senior Advisor
Chattanooga Mayor's Office

Candy Johnson currently serves as Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Chattanooga, Tennessee where she acts as a member…

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Alison McArthur

Alison McArthur

Director
Community Achieves

Alison McArthur is the Director of Community Achieves; the MNPS led community school initiative. Community Achieves, a division of…

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Scott Meltzer

Scott Meltzer

Director of Talent Solutions
Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce

As an AmeriCorps alumnus and first-generation college graduate, Scott Meltzer’s passion for helping high-potential students and schools succeed have…

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Mary Cypress Metz

Mary Cypress Metz

Vice President of Strategy
SCORE

Mary Cypress Metz serves as the Vice President of Strategy for SCORE, where she leads thinking on the organization’s…

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Phyllis Nichols

Phyllis Nichols

President and CEO
Knoxville Area Urban League

Phyllis Young Nichols is president and chief executive officer of the Knoxville Area Urban League. She joined the Urban League…

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Cardell Orrin

Cardell Orrin

Memphis Executive Director
Stand for Children

Cardell Orrin currently serves as the Memphis Executive Director for Stand for Children. Prior to this, Cardell was the…

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Allen Pratt

Allen Pratt

Executive Director
National Rural Education Association

Dr. Allen Pratt has served as a high school science teacher and coach, a high school principal, assistant superintendent/curriculum…

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Jazmin Ramirez

Jazmin Ramirez

Community Organizer
TIRRC

Jazmin is a community organizer at Tennessee Immigrant and Refugees Rights Coalition. She is currently leading youth organizing, electoral…

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Walton Robinson

Walton Robinson

Interim Executive Director
UnifiEd

Walton Robinson is currently the Interim Executive Director of UnifiEd, a member-driven public education advocacy organization in Chattanooga, Tennessee.…

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Sam Singer

Sam Singer

Founder and Executive Director
Volunteer State Seal of Biliteracy

Sam Singer is a ten-year veteran educator in Metro Nashville Public Schools, where she worked as a high school…

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Katy Spurlock

Katy Spurlock

Deputy Director
Urban Child Institute

Katy Spurlock is the Deputy Director for The Urban Child Institute (UCI). She has a BA in English from…

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Jeff Strand

Jeff Strand

Government and External Affairs
Tennessee Disability Coalition

Originally from Minneapolis, Jeff left his role as a Special Education teacher in 2018 because he found that the…

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Gloria Sweet-Love

Gloria Sweet-Love

President
Tennessee State Conference of NAACP

Gloria Jean Sweet-Love was elected as the Tennessee State Conference President of the NAACP in 1995 and is a…

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Lisa Wiltshire

Lisa Wiltshire

Senior Policy Fellow
Tennesseans for Quality Early Education

Lisa is a Senior Policy Fellow for Tennesseans for Quality Early Education (“TQEE”), an advocacy organization Lisa co-led as…

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