A transition and an exciting announcement from EP

Dear EP family,

I am writing to let you know that after eight wonderful years, I will be leaving Education Pioneers at the end of March. I have loved my time at EP and will remain a steadfast champion of our organization’s mission, team, and network of Alumni and Partners.

At this point, EP is not going to bring on a new president. Instead, we are restructuring our leadership team and adding an executive to oversee our Fellowship. Today I’m thrilled to introduce you to EP’s new Chief Program Officer, Melissa Wu.

Melissa will join EP’s leadership team and collaborate with Scott and others on a bold vision and strategy to ensure we recruit, connect, and advance transformational leaders to help solve problems in public education on behalf of underserved students.  

Melissa shares EP’s vision that extraordinary people can make extraordinary change. She appreciates that our hurdles in education include people and leadership challenges, and that is why she is working to improve management of education systems and human capital.

Most recently Melissa served as a Partner at TNTP, working on issues of teacher retention, performance management, and school improvement. She lead TNTP’s national report team, which published: The Irreplaceables: The Real Retention Crisis in America’s Urban Schools, a report heralded for disaggregating key trends in teacher turnover and the long-term effect those have  on schools. Melissa also led TNTP’s Instructional Culture Insight survey of teachers and TNTP’s work on student, parent and other stakeholder surveys, quadrupling the service’s reach and supporting more than 1,400 schools across 30 sites to improve instructional leadership practices aligned to student outcomes and effective teacher retention.You can see her bio here.

Melissa lives in Massachusetts with her husband, Michael, and two kids, Maisie and Sammy.  She works out of our Boston office and will be travelling to our offices to meet our EP team, Alumni, and Partners. I hope you have a chance to connect with her!

As I reflect on my time at Education Pioneers, one area of growth for me has been better understanding how the work of EP, and virtually all of our Partners, is fundamentally to end racial inequities - not just in our education system, throughout our nation. I continue to believe that EP can be a force for equity by recruiting, connecting, and advancing leaders who represent the communities we serve, and also understand the opportunity gap and its impact on our children.

I have incredible belief in the EP mission, and believe that the work our network of Alumni, Partners, and supporters matters. I will always be an EP champion and profoundly grateful to Scott Morgan and the many members of the EP family for all you have taught me and for the privilege of leading here.   

It has been my pleasure to work with you and the entire EP network. If past experience is any indication, I know our paths are likely to cross again!  Stay in touch via LinkedIn or fmclaughlin149@gmail.com!

With great respect,



Frances McLaughlin

President, Education Pioneers


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