EP is celebrating its 15th anniversary! Learn more here.


Founding Story

Scott Morgan, a former teacher and a Stanford Law School graduate, longed to combine his passion for education with his legal training. Serving as Aspire Public Schools’ first legal counsel, he witnessed the excellent results that Aspire’s diverse leadership team achieved for historically underserved students.

Scott’s vision crystalized: the education sector needed more exceptional talent, and exceptional talent needed a path into education.

To bring thousands of exceptional leaders and managers into the sector, to advance the critical work of hundreds of education organizations, and to impact the education of millions of students nationwide, Scott launched Education Pioneers in 2003.


History & Growth

  • 2003

    Scott Morgan founds Education Pioneers with a bold vision to transform the education sector with top leadership and management talent.

  • 2004

    The Graduate School Fellowship begins. EP’s first cohort launches in the San Francisco Bay Area – 9 Fellows working with 7 education organizations.

    Graduate School Fellowship Cohort
  • 2005

    Beantown bound. EP launches on the East Coast and hosts our first cohort in Boston.

  • 2006

    EP takes a bite out of the Big Apple and expands to New York City, which becomes our biggest site in seven years.

  • 2007

    EP expands on both coasts, launching operations in Los Angeles and the Washington, DC Metro Area.

  • 2009

    Hello, Windy City. EP launches in Chicago, our Midwest hub. 

  • 2010

    In response to partners’ critical need for analytic talent, EP launches the Analyst Fellowship.

    First analyst fellowship cohort
  • 2012

    EP receives over 10,000 applications for our programs in four years (2008-2012) and launches in Newark, NJ.

  • 2013

    Southern expansion. Committed to working in high-impact locations where education is a community priority, EP expands to New Orleans and Memphis and Nashville,Tennessee. 

  • 2013

    EP celebrates our 10th anniversary. More than 400 Fellows, Alumni, Partners, and champions attend our leadership summit and toast the impact of our work.

    10 year anniversary event
  • 2014

    Mile High expansion. EP hosts our first cohort of the Graduate School Fellowship in Denver, Colorado. Across the country, we welcome our largest-ever cohort of more than 500 Fellows serving 200 partner organizations.

  • 2014

    More than 2,500 Education Pioneers leaders have provided critical leadership and management support to education organizations nationwide through EP’s programs.

  • 2015

    EP evolves its Graduate School Fellowship and Analyst Fellowship programs into a single Education Pioneers Fellowship—with summer and career tracks—to meet organizations' and candidates' needs.

  • 2016

    Over 400 Alumni and education change agents convene in San Francisco for the Education Pioneers National Conference. Together, attendees hear from civil rights leader Bryan Stevenson and other experts, build strong networks, and expand their skills and commitment to increase their impact on students, families, and communities.

  • 2017

    Midwest Expansion. EP launches its first Kansas City cohort in the summer of 2017, and announces Tulsa as its newest Fellowship region.

  • 2018

    EP launches the Impact Fellowship, a 10-month leadership development program, as its most recent program to launch long-term careers in education.


    EP celebrates 15th anniversary milestone and surpasses 4,000 leaders in its Alumni network.