The P-12 and Higher Education Policy Councils at The Education Trust in Tennessee are comprised of civil rights, education, research, public policy, business, and community leaders who have a demonstrated commitment to educational equity in our state. Council members act as ambassadors, advocates, and allies to help expand and deepen the influence of the organization by providing access to new alliances and critical thought-partnership on a range of issues impacting the public education system in Tennessee. The councils advise The Education Trust in Tennessee with a bold policy agenda that illuminates the magnitude of the achievement gap in education, challenges the status quo on behalf of children, and empowers our diverse Tennessee communities.

P-12 Policy Council

Brooke Allen

Brooke Allen

Founding Director
Diverse Learners Cooperative

Brooke is the founding director of Diverse Learners Cooperative. She leads the DLC’s efforts to connect teachers and leaders…

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Laura Booker

Laura Booker

Executive Director
Tennessee Education Research Alliance

Laura Booker is the executive director of the Tennessee Education Research Alliance and a senior lecturer in the department…

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Christiane Buggs

Christiane Buggs

Chair
Metro Nashville Public Schools Board of Education

Christiane Buggs is chair of the Metro Nashville Public Schools Board of Education. She is a Nashville native and…

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Christopher Candelaria

Christopher Candelaria

Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education
Vanderbilt University

Christopher Candelaria is an Assistant Professor of Public Policy and Education at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University. His research interests…

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Trey Cunningham, Student Member

Trey Cunningham, Student Member

Tennessee State University

Trey S. Cunningham is a native of Brownsville, Tennessee, where his passion for community and desire for creating a…

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Indira Dammu

Indira Dammu

Senior Analyst
Bellwether Education Partners

Indira Dammu is a Senior Analyst at Bellwether Education Partners. In this role, she works with a variety of…

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Robert Fisher

Robert Fisher

Senior Advisor
Results for America

Robert Fisher is a Senior Advisor at Results for America—a national nonprofit organization that helps public sector leaders use…

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Donna Gilley

Donna Gilley

Community Coach
Ford NGL

Donna has been actively involved with Ford NGL as a professional development provider and consultant for over 25 years.…

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Molly Hegwood

Molly Hegwood

Executive Director of English Learners
Metro Nashville Public Schools

Molly Hegwood is the Executive Director of English Learners for Metro Nashville Public Schools. The district is currently home…

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Natalie McKinney

Natalie McKinney

Co-Founder & Executive Director
Whole Child Strategies, Inc.

Natalie McKinney is the Co-founder and Executive Director of Whole Child Strategies, Inc. in Memphis. Whole Child Strategies, Inc.…

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Mandy Pellegrin

Mandy Pellegrin

Deputy Director
Sycamore Institute

Mandy Pellegrin is the deputy director at the Sycamore Institute, an independent, nonpartisan public policy research center for Tennessee.…

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Nate Schwartz

Nate Schwartz

Annenberg Institute for School Reform
Brown University

Nate is a professor of practice at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform at Brown University. He leads Annenberg's…

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Peter Tang

Peter Tang

Senior Director of Research
SCORE

Peter is the Senior Director of Research at Tennessee SCORE, identifying and studying new and emerging trends that could…

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Higher Education Policy Council

Christopher Ruiz Banos, Student Member

Christopher Ruiz Banos, Student Member

Cumberland University

 Christopher Ruiz Banos is a student at Cumberland University majoring in mathematics and is the first in his family…

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Jared Bigham

Jared Bigham

Co-founder & CEO
myCredential

Dr. Jared Bigham is the co-founder and CEO of myCredential. He is a fourth generation educator with over 20 years of…

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Laura Delgado

Laura Delgado

Director
Pionero Scholars Program, Lipscomb University

Laura Delgado, a Cuban-American from Houston, Texas, moved to Nashville to pursue her education at Vanderbilt University. She is…

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Youlanda Jones

Youlanda Jones

President
Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology

Dr. Youlanda Jones is the president of the Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (TCAT) Covington, Ripley, and Northwest. Before being…

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Miki Mitrik

Miki Mitrik

RHiTA Lead Faculty
Walters State Community College

Miki Mitrik is an organizer of people and information. Of special interest to her is the immigrant community. At…

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Jennifer Novo

Jennifer Novo

Executive Director
FUTURO, Inc.

Jennifer Novo is the executive director of FUTURO, Inc, a college-success professional development organization in Middle-Tennessee. Jennifer has been…

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Carolyn Pippen

Carolyn Pippen

Founder & Director
Path to College Tennessee

Carolyn Pippen is the founder and director of Path to College Tennessee, a nonprofit organization that provides professional development…

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Hailee B. Roye, Student Member

Hailee B. Roye, Student Member

Vanderbilt University

Hailee B. Roye is a recent graduate of Tennessee State University with a degree in Early Childhood Education. She's…

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Tyvi Small

Tyvi Small

Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement
University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Tyvi Small currently serves as the Vice Chancellor for Diversity and Engagement at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He…

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Eric Stokes

Eric Stokes

Assistant Vice Provost for Strategic Enrollment Services
Director of Undergraduate Admissions and Orientation
The University of Memphis

Dr. Eric Stokes is assistant vice provost for strategic enrollment services and director of undergraduate admissions and orientation at…

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Bryce Warden

Bryce Warden

Director of Policy
SCORE

Bryce is the Director of Policy at SCORE, an education research and advocacy organization focused on ensuring public education…

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