Dr. Phelton Cortez MossPolicy Fellow

    Phelton Cortez Moss is currently a Policy Fellow for Education Leaders of Color and provides strategic and policy advice across a range of education issues for members, including early childhood, K12, postsecondary, career, and technical education, teacher diversity, and workforce development. In addition to his policy fellow role, he also serves as a tenure track professor of teacher education at Tougaloo College. He has more than eight years of experience working in education and education policy.

    He has also worked as a Bureau Director of Educator Effectiveness and Talent Acquisition at this Mississippi Department of Education working on K-12 education policy issues including teacher diversity, teacher/leader evaluations, teacher recruitment and retention, educator licensure, and issues of inequity in the distribution of effective teachers.

    Prior to becoming an educator, he served as a staff assistant to U.S. Congressman Travis W. Childers supporting constituency services. Phelton began his career in education as a high school teacher in Greenwood, Mississippi, and corps member of Teach for America. He holds a Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi and a BA in Public Policy Leadership and English from the University of Mississippi.