Education Pioneers Hires New Tennessee Director


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Education Pioneers Hires New Tennessee Director

Tennessee native Gerald Fanion will oversee work to recruit skilled professionals who support Tennessee schools and education organizations

Education Pioneers, a national nonprofit that places skilled professionals in critical, non-instructional leadership positions throughout K-12 public education, announced today it has hired Gerald Fanion, III as its new Tennessee Director.

Tennessee is one of Education Pioneers’ newest expansion areas. In its three years in the state, Education Pioneers has recruited and placed 91 talented professionals in fellowships to help support the work of Tennessee school districts, charter schools and other organizations that serve students and teachers.

“Gerald’s strong background and deep commitment to students throughout Tennessee make him the right person to grow our impact,” said Scott Morgan, founder and CEO of Education Pioneers. “By providing our partners in Tennessee with skilled professionals ready to solve problems and advance equity in public education, we will support vital work to enable low-income students and students of color to reach their full potential.”

Fanion joins Education Pioneers with extensive leadership and management experience in the nonprofit and youth development sectors. He most recently served eight years with the national headquarters of Boys & Girls Clubs of America in Atlanta. There, he led and supported high-impact marketing and public relations campaigns, and influenced millions of dollars in fundraising efforts for key programs. He also developed and executed community engagement initiatives for nearly four million kids in more than 4,100 clubs around the United States and youth centers on U.S. military installations worldwide.

“I’m extremely excited about the opportunity to work in this new capacity to recruit extraordinary talent in the state of Tennessee,” said Fanion, a Memphis native and Tennessee State University graduate. “I am deeply committed to the work of establishing an exceptional human capital network and promoting educational equity throughout the state.”

To date, Education Pioneers leaders have supported key work in numerous Tennessee education organizations that serve thousands of students, including:  

·        Shelby County Schools

·        Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools

·        Achievement School District

·        Seeding Success

·        Green Dot Public Schools

·        KIPP Memphis

·        Tennessee Department of Education

About Education Pioneers

Since 2003, Education Pioneers has recruited our nation’s most extraordinary people to enter into education leadership and help transform our schools. Education Pioneers has recruited and trained more than 3,000 leaders in partnership with more than 200 education organizations in 20 cities nationwide.

Of the organization’s alumni in the workforce, more than 70 percent serve in education and lead or contribute to work that impacts more than 3.5 million public school students – most of whom are students of color and come from underserved areas. Find out more about where Education Pioneers’ leaders work and their impact here (

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