Boulder Fund Distributes $900K to Nine Projects Expanding Equity Opportunities in Education and Beyond

The Boulder Fund supports and nurtures innovations by leaders of color in education

For Immediate Release: January 31, 2019

Donald Gatlin, 202-587-2871
Sharon Han, 213-694-3352

LOS ANGELES— Today, Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC) announced that it has committed $900,000 in grants to support nine Boulder Fund grantees. The Boulder Fund is EdLoC’s multi-million dollar grant program created to support the innovations of leaders of color in education. It has committed $1.7 million in grants since it was established last year.

EdLoC’s mission is to break through the polarizing divides that have consumed efforts to improve public education for too long. Since 2016, the national nonprofit has enabled leaders of color in education and related fields to connect, elevate, and empower each other to advance solutions that benefit Black and Latino children nationwide. EdLoC’s membership is motivated by a desire to transcend the current paradigm in education, and united by Third Way Values: ending generational poverty; creating sustainable change; creating schools for all children; advancing multiple innovations; and going beyond education to holistically address the barriers to success for Black and Latino kids.

Layla Avila, EdLoC CEO and Executive Director, said “Today’s political landscape has fostered a combative debate about the value of prioritizing the protection of basic civil rights in schools. Underserved kids are more vulnerable than they’ve been in decades, which has compelled greater urgency for programs that seek to serve their unique needs. We are thrilled to be able to provide financial support to our leaders through the Boulder Fund to increase the impact of programs aligned with our values across the country. And we believe that the non-financial supports provided to recipients will advance their leadership and open other opportunities beyond the Boulder Fund.”

Boulder Fund grants are awarded for a one year period, in increments of at least $100,000. Projects are chosen for their holistic approach to improving student outcomes, which is based on the fundamental principle that focusing on education alone limits the potential for success. That’s why Boulder Fund projects integrate parent empowerment, jobs, and criminal justice issues into their visions of success for student learning and community transformation.

More information on this year’s cohort is below:

Christine DeLeon, CEO, Moonshot edVentures in Denver, CO, for identifying and supporting a diverse set of school leaders who represent the communities they aim to serve, to design and launch the learning environments of tomorrow in traditional and charter schools. Through Moonshot’s School Launcher Fellowship cohort program, fellows have the opportunity to design schools or programs, develop their leadership, and identify the right pathway to launch.

Marvin Pierre, Executive Director, 8 Million Stories in Houston, TX, for creating opportunities to upend the school-to-prison pipeline by supporting previously incarcerated youth as they re-enter school through academics, vocational skills training, social-emotional development, and curbing unnecessary referrals from schools to the justice system in Houston, TX.

Angela Jones Hackley, Chief Program Officer, the Wayfinder Foundation in Washington, D.C., for using the tools of philanthropy to put women activists in power, so that they can lead the fight to both end poverty and create thriving communities for children. The purpose of the project is to build a significant, personalized leadership program for the activists and provide those activists with leadership development resources, coaching, and mentorship opportunities.

Andy Canales, Executive Director, Latinos for Education in Houston, TX, for working towards improving education in Houston through developing and placing essential Latino talent into positions of influence in the education sector.

Charles Cole, Founder, Energy Converters in Oakland, CA, for supporting students to tell their authentic stories in a solutions-oriented way. Energy Convertors builds students’ agency, literacy, and navigational skills, and adds critical, but missing, student voices to public education reform discourse. Energy Convertors’ strong support for students and their immediate needs gives students the space and ability to envision their role and power in society and in the public education debate.

Cheryl Camacho, Special Assistant to the Commissioner, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary & Secondary Education in Cambridge, MA, for designing and leading the Influence 100 project, an initiative focused on increasing the number of superintendents and senior policy leaders of color in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Oscar Cruz, President and CEO, Families In Schools (FIS) in Los Angeles, CA, for providing capacity building to schools, empowering families to support their children’s education, and advocating for policies and practices that promote authentic parent engagement and quality education. FIS conducts its work by building partnerships for student success.

Larry Irvin, CEO & Co-Founder, Brothers Empowered to Teach (BE2T) in New Orleans, LA, for increasing the number of Black men teaching in Louisiana through a unique three-year pre-teaching fellowship for college students. The fellowship includes paid teaching opportunities, academic support through college, and direct pathways to classroom careers, including access to direct certification programs.

Margeaux Randolph, Founder, The Los Angeles School of Creativity and Technology (C-Tech) in Los Angeles, CA, for creating the opportunity for The Los Angeles School of Creativity and Technology (C-Tech), to launch its first school in 2019. C-Tech will be a family of innovative public charter schools offering the first comprehensive, required computer science and entrepreneurship core curriculum in California to Black and Latino students in South Los Angeles.


About EdLoC

Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC) is a community of more than 300 leaders of color working to elevate the leadership, voices and influence of people of color in education and to leading more inclusive efforts to improve education. EdLoC aims to advance a third way that breaks through the polarizing divides that have consumed efforts to improve public education and to forge the alliances needed to realize and sustain EdLoC’s vision of providing low-income children of color expansive and substantive opportunities for the highest levels of academic and economic attainment.