Join Our Team & Our Mission

New Leaders Team
Chicago

Our Mission

At New Leaders, we develop transformational, equity-minded school leaders and advances policies and practices that ensure high academic achievement for all children—especially students of color and students from communities with lower incomes.

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New Leaders Alumni in a meeting
Patrica Otway-Drummond
New Leaders Alum, 2011

We center on equity.

Our staff of over 160 work to break down every obstacle to student success. We bring our diverse perspectives—57% of whom identify as people of color—to every aspect of our work. 

We walk the talk.

We are experts in the education field and hold decades of experience leading schools. Our program staff average eight years in school leadership.

Jordy Sparks
New Leaders Alum, 2011
New Leaders Team
New York City

We are innovators.

Our imaginations aren’t limited by how things currently work. We adapt to changing needs and find creative, customized solutions, maintaining the highest quality standards.

We Invest In You

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Remote positions across the country
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Robust medical plans with vision and dental care
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401k investment plan options
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Annual performance bonuses and merit increase opportunities
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19 holidays plus generous vacation, sick, and personal days
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Professional development opportunities

Meet Our Team

Each of our 150+ staff members has a different “why” that drew them to New Leaders and propels our mission forward. Learn more about why we do what we do.

Denise Dennis

National Senior Executive Director, National Aspiring Principals Program

How long have you been working with New Leaders?

Since November 2009

We each have a different “why” story that brings us to this work, and ultimately connects us all. What brought you to engage in this work? What is your “why”?

My family and upbringing serve as the foundation for “my why.” I was born and raised in Greensboro, NC. Greensboro is home to the “Greensboro Four” and widely known for being a catalyst to the sit-in movement that spread during the fight for desegregation. My parents were both educators and advocates for civil rights. They instilled in me a strong sense of pride in myself, love for my community, commitment to education, and a responsibility to fight for social justice. Their legacy and the opportunity to improve life outcomes for students is “my why.”

Imagine and describe New Leaders’ impact in 5 – 10 years. How do you envision supporting us in reaching that impact?

In 5-10 years I envision New Leaders continuing to pave the way for the development of programs and policies designed to foster a renewed and equitable educational system that creates agents of change who actively uplift themselves, their communities, and the world at large. I will be humbled to still be a part of the team in 5-10 years and look forward to serving the organization in any capacity that bolsters our mission and vision.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I am a former college volleyball player and currently an avid yogi!

Keith Chow

Director, Program Management & Operations

How long have you been working with New Leaders?

Since November 2013

We each have a different “why” story that brings us to this work, and ultimately connects us all. What brought you to engage in this work? What is your “why”?

I have been in education since 2001 when I was a high school English teacher in Chesapeake, VA – incidentally at the alma mater of both Alonzo Mourning and Jay Pharoah. Throughout my education career, I’ve been passionate about finding innovative ways to serve the educational needs of all students, particularly those from traditionally underrepresented communities.

Imagine and describe New Leaders’ impact in 5 – 10 years. How do you envision supporting us in reaching that impact?

In 5-10 years, New Leaders will continue to be the premier destination for school leaders to develop the tools to transform their schools and their communities and to ensure that the American educational system is a fair, equitable, and just one.

What’s a fun fact about you?

I have edited several books and have been a leading voice in the movement for better representation of people of color in the entertainment industry since 2009, with bylines appearing in the New York Times, NBC News, and other outlets.

Isabelle Pimentel

Director, Finance

How long have you been working with New Leaders?

Since February 2015

We each have a different “why” story that brings us to this work, and ultimately connects us all. What brought you to engage in this work? What is your “why”?

To be a woman, a woman of color, but more specifically an immigrant woman of color with scarce resources in a widely divided society can put any young woman at a disadvantage. Where prospects were few, and the forecast projected an uncertain future with high probabilities of failure, education made the difference. It was through education that I became part of the 3% registered Certified Public Accountants who are classified as minority in the United States. Now as a mother, I believe everyone has the God-given right to be educated and treated with equality.

Imagine and describe New Leaders’ impact in 5 – 10 years. How do you envision supporting us in reaching that impact?

I imagine the organization growing and expanding through diverse social platforms. Reaching further, setting standards, and closing the gap in academic performance across America.

What’s a fun fact about you?

Cooking relaxes me. I can cook the most amazing Honey Glazed Chicken Wings.
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We support our team with the same passion we bring to our work. We are committed to your success.