Equity in Education



The Equity in Education (EiE) Candidate Training Fellowship is designed to invest in Atlanta’s emerging leaders by helping them develop the mechanics, knowledge and skills to run, staff and resource a winning campaign for the APS Board of Education.
This cohort-based experience inspires and empowers fellows to launch their 2023 campaigns with EiE helping them every step of the way—and even beyond their election.

Our Candidate Training Fellows

David Muehlenkamp David was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY to two life-long union organizers. After graduating college, David was a devoted field organizer for the 2008 Obama campaign in Ohio. After the historic win, David spent a decade touring the world. Since then, David has relocated to Atlanta, GA where he has won 6 campaigns, including a State house race, mayoral race, and statewide field programs.

Elena Bell
Elena Bell is a well-respected leader in education, who is acknowledged for her strong advocacy and strategic leadership in building collaborative school communities that enhance student academic and life achievement. Elena currently serves as a school improvement leadership coach and professional learning consultant. She began her work in education 20 years ago, serving in the District of Columbia.

Kaycee Brock, Ed.D As a Teach For America alumna, Dr. Brock got her start in education in Houston, Texas. Her transition from school-based roles led her to opportunities to train and support counselors and district leaders across the country at KIPP Foundation. Now she is able to utilize her extensive background and knowledge to invest in programs that help schools fulfill their promises to students and families.
Kellye Britton

Kellye A. Britton is CEO of Atlanta-based, small-business consulting firm, Limitless Consulting Services, and newly introduced strategic communications brand, Art of Words. Whether building businesses from concept to grand-opening, or working with the gifted scholars who will one day run them, Kellye is intent upon living a life of service, on purpose.

Ken Zeff, Ed. D.

Ken is the founding executive director of Learn4Life, a nonprofit partnership of the metro Atlanta school system dedicated to finding and scaling what works to serve kids. Ken serves on several boards in metro Atlanta including Junior Achievement, the Atlanta-Fulton County Library Foundation, the Get Georgia Reading Cabinet and is an alumni of the Aspen-Pahara Fellowship and Leadership Atlanta.

Kiara Stroud

Born and raised in one of the most poverty-stricken areas of Atlanta, Kiara’s life has always been about beating the odds. Although financially feasible, she always felt disconnected from the service she longed to give. Gratefully, she was able to join The Atlanta Thrive and began a journey to satisfy the passion of her heart again. Kiara’s goal is to use her skills and experience to improve the quality of life for future generations of children and families.

Marsha Francis, PhD Marsha Francis, PhD is an accomplished and nationally recognized educational leader with more than 15 years across Georgia working toward educational equity. An avid and lifelong learner, Dr. Francis is currently participating in the Georgia Education Policy Fellowship Program and a Micron Leader of Color in the Georgetown Nonprofit Leader Executive Program.
Nicole Evans Jones, Ed. D. Nicole’s belief in the role of public education has influenced her to serve for 30 years as a counselor, instructional coach, assistant principal, principal, director talent, and engagement specialist. She is inspired to seek elected office to address equity issues that plague communities and champion the work of teachers, principals, and community stakeholders via accountability, trust and mutual respect.
Nkoyo Effiong Lewis Nkoyo is an Innovative problem-solver and leadership strategist with 13+ years of experience advancing excellence, equity, and education justice in K-12 schools. She has a proven track record of advancing sustainable systems-level change without sacrificing culture, capacity, or compliance. Nkoyo is adept at leading teams, navigating disruption, and collaborating across lines of difference to reach ambitious goals.
Tangee L Allen

Tangee is an accomplished Executive Director recognized for leveraging strong team leadership and development to drive forward progress. Tangee is continually developing and implementing strong strategic partnerships resulting in a successful mission of engaging and positively impacting city of Atlanta communities.

Tony Mitchell

Tony is an accomplished, results oriented, government affairs professional with demonstrated success in effective advocacy at the federal and state level. He has a resolve for creating and maintaining trusted professional relationships with legislators, staff, stakeholder groups, and patient advocates, with a tenacity for problem solving and client satisfaction.

Yvette Manns

Yvette Manns perspective on public education influences the work that she does. She has a deep belief in high-quality, affirming, positive education experience for all APS students. Her service on the school board will continue to equitably impact the community and Atlanta as a whole because of her sustained dedication to the education climate in Atlanta.

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