We design for impact: 1) our collaborative approach is focused on building sustainable leadership capacity that outlasts our presence; and 2) bringing multiple IEL resources to bear in targeted geographic communities allows us to deepen our impact.

Improved and more inclusive decision-making processes, systems and practices that ensure that all voices, particularly those of marginalized groups, are elevated and heard.
Increased number of leaders who can create and support policies that lead to more equitable opportunities and access.
Increased development and quality execution of equity-centered policies and practices that improve long-term life chances of people in our partner communities.
Improved access to quality educational and workforce resources for children, youth, and families


IEL Roles Pie charts


of IEL program participants gained applicable knowledge from attending FY21 IEL events.

IEL programs prepared 3,113 youth for educational and professional success

IEL implemented 6 programs aimed at engaging and creating youth leaders in the community.


IEL does its work by innovating while building on what works. We: 
  • scale promising practices through research and data capacity
  • elevate and prioritize family and community engagement.
  • support a national network of leaders in education through our nationally recognized Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP™)
  • support Community Schools implementation 
  • incubate and lead initiatives focused on increasing access to the economy for marginalized people and communities 
  • elevate all community voices to inform decision making


Virtual Convenings

IEL facilitated 306 virtual convenings, including webinars, workshops, network calls, and conference sessions for 8,872 community members.

23,886 IEL social media followers on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

IEL social media posts increased by 55% from the previous year, which helped IEL gain over 2,602 social media followers.

Policy by the People

IEL launched its first policy agenda titled "Everyone is an Advocate". Over 450 people registered to be included in the webinar series that launched this agenda. 

Leadership Testimonials:

Is Anyone Better Off?

On Inclusive Decision-Making: Districts Reported more inclusive Decision-making policies and procedures embedded in their strategic plans. 2: On Cultivation of Leaders: More families & Community members built leadership capacity. Education Fellowship Program Fellows reported more involvement in policy. Leaders of Tomorrow Fellows Displayed increased confidence as leaders. 3: On equitable policies and practices: EPFP fellows reported generating e

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