2023 Annual Report

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Bold Visions, Bold Solutions: Redefining How Schools are Led

This past year ushered in immense opportunity and growth for New Leaders. We met the shifting needs of the K-12 education system with creativity, determination, and an unwavering belief in the brilliance and potential of all children.

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Groundbreaking National Aspiring Principals Fellowship

Expanding Access to High-Quality Principal Preparation

In 2023, our National Aspiring Principals Fellowship grew to be one of the largest principal certification programs in the nation for Black and Hispanic teachers to move into school leadership. Together with our university and philanthropic partners, we are shaping the future of school leadership. 

The diversity among our nation’s students far outpaces the diversity among our nation’s principals. This is called the representation gap—and it contributes to lingering achievement and opportunity gaps for students. Strategic investments are needed to develop the next generation of leaders who better reflect the communities they serve.

2023 Fellowship Impact Data At-a-Glance

newly enrolled Fellows
of Fellows serving in charter schools
school systems impacted
students impacted
students of color
students from communities with lower incomes
of Fellows increased their ability to support the improvement of academic outcomes for students
of Fellows would recommend the program to others
states with Fellows enrolled (+ District of Columbia)
$2+ million
in Fellowship scholarship funds
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Meet Jeffrey Monroe

Fellow and Principal, Promise Academy Public Charter Schools

“If your goal is to become an equity-focused instructional leader with the ability to create the conditions within educational settings for all children and adults to learn their power and value, that’s what the Fellowship will do.”

A former high school chemistry teacher in Memphis-Shelby County Schools, Monroe completed the Fellowship as part of our first cohort. He accepted a school principal role soon after for the 2023-2024 school year.

Transformative Leaders at Every Level 

Diversifying Our Programs to Meet New K-12 Needs

In 2023, New Leaders expanded our portfolio of services to meet the evolving needs of education leaders. Our district partnerships, many of which are made possible by philanthropic investments, continue to drive and sustain impact by developing leaders who remove barriers to student success. 

In the face of rolling crises—the pandemic, teacher and leader shortages, learning loss—the focus of professional learning in the K-12 field shifted to meet the urgent challenges students faced. At the same time, disparities within our education system exacerbated these challenges. School systems needed new solutions, and they needed them fast. They turned to New Leaders.

2023 PROGRAMMING Impact Data At-a-Glance

schools and district leaders served
school systems impacted
schools impacted
states reached
students impacted
students of color
students from communities with lower incomes
of program participants agreed the program content was relevant to their work
of program participants report an increase in student outcomes
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Meet Katie Carmany

New Leaders Alum and Vice Principal of Special Assignment, Fresno Unified School District

“I’ve seen coaching move leaders and teachers from ‘our kids can’t do this’ to ‘our kids can.’ The impact is huge.”

Recognizing that assistant principals are often overlooked for professional learning, Carmany partnered with New Leaders to provide job-embedded coaching and leadership development. By year-end, multiple Fresno leaders reported double-digit student gains.

Building A National Network of K-12 Education Leaders

Supporting Our Alumni Leaders

In 2023, New Leaders offered professional learning opportunities to more than 1,000 New Leaders alumni, providing them with the essential support and community needed to succeed in their roles and amplify their impact. Access to professional learning is a top reason K-12 leaders stay in their roles.

2023 Alumni Impact At-a-Glance

New Leaders alumni served
awarded in grants to alumni schools
states with alumni presence
(+ District of Columbia and Puerto Rico)


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Meet Myron Long

New Leaders Alum, Founder and Executive Director of Social Justice School

“We’re really thankful for the opportunity to make our mission become true. New Leaders gave us room to pause, reimagine, and rethink our vision of success.”

Tapping into our alumni offerings, Long participated in our Exploring New School Models program, which helped him turn his bold ideas into a new school. The Social Justice School empowers students to be change agents and designers of a more just world.

Policies for K-12 Leaders to Thrive

Raising a Call for Congress to Act

In 2023, New Leaders championed school leader diversity as a national priority, uniquely leveraging the insights of our network of K-12 leaders to create federal policies that benefit all of our nation’s schoolchildren by closing the representation gap. We seek policy solutions that eradicate the effects of discriminatory policies in education as well as develop and support effective school leaders to improve learning outcomes for our nation’s students.

2023 Policy Impact Data At-a-Glance

publications on school leadership
significant policy wins via changes in underlying statutes and annual appropriations
events for federal, state, and district leaders
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Meet Daniela Anello

New Leaders Alum and Head of School, DC Bilingual Public Charter School

“I saw my principal as a role model. She was Latina herself, and I wanted to be just like her.”

Anello shared her remarkable leadership journey from a teacher to the head of school as part of our comprehensive report—The Shoulder Tap—on the state of school leader diversity in the U.S. 

Powerful Partnerships

Reaching More Leaders and School Communities
  • Adtalem Global Education Foundation
  • Arrow Impact
  • Ballmer Group
  • Barr Foundation
  • Carnegie Corporation of New York
  • Chamberlin Education Foundation
  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Philanthropies
  • Crown Family Philanthropies
  • Finnegan Family Foundation
  • Give Forward Foundation
  • Yellow Chair Foundation
  • Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation
  • Hyde Family Foundation
  • Irene S. Scully Family Foundation
  • McDougal Family Foundation
  • Memphis Education Fund
  • Morrison & Foerster Foundation
  • National Philanthropic Trust
  • Oak Foundation
  • Overdeck Family Foundation
  • Polk Bros. Foundation
  • Quest Foundation
  • Schwab Foundation
  • Sidney E. Frank Foundation
  • T. Rowe Price Foundation
  • The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • The Chicago Education Fund
  • The Joyce Foundation
  • The Lloyd A. Fry Foundation
  • The Moriah Fund
  • W.K. Kellogg Foundation
  • Walton Family Foundation
  • AutoZone, Inc.
  • The Boeing Company
  • Goldman Sachs
  • Northrop Grumman Mission Systems
  • Oracle Corporation
  • United Way of Central Maryland
  • Garrett and Mary Moran
  • Harriett and Hilliard Crews
  • Jan Rock Zubrow and Barry Zubrow
  • Joe and Rika Mansueto
  • Linnea and George Roberts
  • Naomi O. Seligman
  • Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family
  • Regan Pritzker and Chris Olin
  • Steve and Barbita White
  • Steve and Sue Mandel
  • Ted and Trista Colbert
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“We continue to reimagine what New Leaders does best—developing equity-minded leaders to be powerful and positive forces for change—and doing it in bigger and bolder ways each year.”

Jean Desravines, CEO

2023 Financials




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