Alumni Rock Star Round-Up: From Social Venture to Community Organizations, Pioneers are Reimagining Public Education

At EP, we’re always impressed by our Pioneers.

The work they do, their commitment and dedication to changing outcomes for underserved students—that’s the stuff that keeps us at EP doing the work we do to help support and grow their careers.

And it’s a heck of a lot of fun for us to see the recognition and accolades they earn along the way.

This month, we celebrate Alumni who have been recognized recently for their work and impact:

Forbes’ 30 under 30

This year, alumnus Marcus Noel (2014 EP Fellow, Washington, DC) was named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30 in education. As Founder and CEO of Heart of Man (HoM), Marcus runs a social venture organization that “empowers young people to think like creators, not students.”

Through HoM, middle and high school students learn design, business, and other STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) skills in hands-on workshops and programs.

For his part, Marcus is no stranger to receiving recognition for his work, having been named a 2015 Ashoka + AMEX Emerging Innovator, 2015 Camelback Ventures Fellow, and ConnectED Fellow at the U.S. Department of Education. Even the White House has taken notice.


Last year, two EP Alumnae—MiriamAltman and AlexandraMeis (both 2012 EP Fellows, New York)—were named to Forbes’ 30 under 30 education list for their work in founding Kinvolved. Kinvolved uses a mobile app to increase student attendance and success.

Their work and organization remain high profile; the New York Times and Metro New York recently featured them.

UCLA 2016 Recent Graduate Award

In February, Dr. D’ArtagnanScorza (EP Fellow 2010, Los Angeles), Founder and Executive Director of the Social Justice Learning Institute, was awarded the UCLA 2016 Recent Graduate Award.

“In a relatively short period of time, Dr. D’Artagnan Scorza’s academic and teaching accomplishments, and his exceptional service to the UC and the Los Angeles community can already be considered achievements of a lifetime,” the university wrote in an announcement about his selection.

Read more about his story and work: Lifting Up Communities to Lead Change.

Pahara Institute’s NextGen Network

Recently, two EP Alumni—Lisa Ahn (2012 EP Fellow, Bay Area) and JelaniMcEwen (2012 EP Fellow, Chicago)—were selected for the 2016 spring cohort of the Pahara Institute’s NextGen Network.

The cohort’s 24 leaders “have been selected to join a Pahara network designed to recognize and support exceptional emerging senior leaders who can amplify the voices of underrepresented communities that are currently not well served by our public schools,” the Pahara Institute said in a press release.

Ashoka Fellowship

MeganMarcus (2012 EP Fellow, Boston) was named an Ashoka Fellow in 2015. Megan, CEO and Founder of FuelEd, is using the power of relationships to “transform educator preparation, performance and retention as well as student achievement and development both cost-effectively and at scale.”

Congratulations, Pioneers on your recent achievements and thank you for your work on behalf of underserved students.