Model & Strategy

Recognizing the broad disparity in American public schools and with a commitment to providing all students, regardless of skin color, family income or zip code with a world-class education, Education Pioneers seeks to transform the American education system. They pursue this vision by attracting top talent at critical career junctures, preparing them for education leadership careers and connecting them to career opportunities that will drive the most impact for students.

Through education leadership Fellowship programs, Education Pioneers Fellows advance or complete mission-critical initiatives and projects for school districts, charter schools and other leading education organizations to accelerate excellence in education. The Education Pioneers Graduate School Fellowship connects talented graduate students in business, education, law, policy and other disciplines with innovative education organizations and pedagogical visionaries. The Education Pioneers Analyst Fellowship identifies early career professionals who have work experience with top-tier private sector firms and the technical skills to analyze academic, financial and operational data and drive data-informed decisions for education organizations. These training programs and Education Pioneers’ robust network of more than 1,200 Alumni form a dynamic, dedicated corps of emerging education leaders who are actively engaged in transforming American public schools through strategic initiatives, policy making, resource management and practical district collaborations.

At a Glance
Founded: 2003
Founder: Scott Morgan
Current CEO: Melissa Wu
Location of work: Domestic
Education Pioneers
360 22nd Street
Suite 220
Oakland, CA 94612
Talent to transform
Meet Scott Morgan

Scott Morgan, Founder and CEO of Education Pioneers, began his career teaching social studies and leadership at St. Jude High School in Montgomery, Alabama, through the University of Notre Dame’s ACE Program. Scott later served as the legal counsel for Aspire Public Schools, where he worked with the management team and school leaders to start and operate a network of high quality public charter schools to prepare urban students for college.  Scott is a founding board member of Beyond 12, Inc., and a Fellow of the Aspen Institute-NewSchools Venture Fund Entrepreneurial Leaders for Public Education, Class of 2010.


EP has served 750+ leading education organizations nationwide. EP’s growing leadership network includes nearly 4,000 Alumni positioned to drive change: 70%+ continue to work in education, including 50%+ who identify as people of color. A 2017 American Institutes for Research report confirmed robust career persistence among EP Alumni (94% working in education in 2012 were still there in 2016), and that EP leaders of color are steadily advancing into C-Suite/senior leadership positions.

EP is continuing to see demand for both talent matchmaking and acceleration services. In 2018, EP selected and trained 219 Fellows placed directly into summer and long-term roles, and 161 rising leaders already working in education with professional and network development needs.



EP is continuing to adapt for future impact. During 2016-17 cycles, EP saw challenges recruiting for top in-demand skill sets (e.g., data/analysis), resulting in a short-term dip in Fellows and revenue. In response, EP streamlined its budget and talent recruitment focus – fostering a positive financial trajectory, and growth in Summer Fellowship participation across core 2016-17 operating sites. Building on this momentum, EP has refreshed its strategic plans and launched a new long-term Impact Fellowship for data analysts and strategic project managers to meet demand. responsibilities.