March 23, 2023
Contact for Education Pioneers:
Sara Kay Mooney
Director, Marketing & Communications

 Education Pioneers Announces Expansion of Signature Impact Fellowship Program

Nonprofit seeks 75 education data analysts and strategic project managers for 2023-2024 academic year

Boston, MA — Education Pioneers (EP), a national nonprofit that grows the leadership and management capacity of the K-12 public education sector, announced plans to expand its signature Impact Fellowship to four primary geographic locations for the upcoming academic year: Texas (Dallas and Houston), Chicago, the Bay Area, and Washington, D.C.

Established in 2018, EP’s Impact Fellowship is a 10-month leadership development program that provides early career leaders with a pathway into general management roles in education. The program also serves as a talent pipeline and capacity-builder for school districts, charter school organizations, and other education organizations nationwide.

EP is seeking 75 professionals from diverse backgrounds to apply their data analysis and strategic project management skills to the education sector during the 2023-2024 academic year. Applications are now open at

“This is a pivotal moment for students in our nation and the education system at large,” said Melissa Wu, CEO of Education Pioneers. “Education has faced tremendous change and disruption, and the moments that follow are especially meaningful to chart the path ahead. We are excited to bring in a new cohort of diverse, talented leaders who are eager to use their skills to expand opportunities for students and communities.” 

Over the course of 10-month work placements at leading education organizations, Fellows will apply their professional skills to tackle pressing issues facing K-12 systems. Fellows take on a range of mission-critical, time-sensitive projects, such as designing performance management systems, building knowledge management tools, managing funding and resources, creating effective data infrastructure, and much more. EP will provide Fellows with leadership development and cohort-based learning designed to help them cultivate the skills, mindsets, and orientations needed to serve as adaptive, inclusive leaders within the education sector in the long-term.

“I joined EP to explore whether my business background could translate into K-12 education, and to understand what opportunities outside of teaching existed,” said Karen Wisniewski, who served as an Impact Fellow at Citizens of the World Charter Schools where she managed the organization’s COVID implementation plan and worked to improve absenteeism rates. “I now see there are countless ways to apply skills like data analysis, strategy, and program management to make an impact for students.”

Professionals interested in the Impact Fellowship can learn more on Education Pioneers’ website at Individuals with at least two years of work experience in strategy, data analysis, or project management, a track record of professional success, and a commitment to Education Pioneers’ mission to make education a lever for equity are encouraged to apply at The priority deadline is Tuesday, May 2.

Organizations interested in hosting an Impact Fellow can learn more at

About Education Pioneers

Education Pioneers is a nonprofit focused on ensuring the K-12 education sector has the leadership and general management capacity it needs. The organization creates pathways into education leadership for promising leaders and general managers from diverse backgrounds, and builds their long-term capacity to solve education’s evolving set of challenges. Since 2003, Education Pioneers has recruited and developed over 4,500 leaders, with 50% self-identifying as leaders of color.

Of Education Pioneers’ Alumni in the workforce, more than 70% serve in education and lead or contribute to work that impacts public school students in major cities across the nation, most of whom are students of color and growing up in underserved areas. Learn more:

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