In each city, we partner with at least one elected official. These leaders have a vision for how their city can improve, and fellows work alongside them to make that vision a reality. Fellows can expect to work on impactful and intensive policy initiatives that achieve real change in their communities. 

Read on for information about our 2018 elected official partners and recent policy initiatives. 

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Erika Beltran | Texas Board of Ed

Mary Pierce | Nashville Board of Ed

David Grosso | DC City Council

Miguel Solis | Dallas Board of Ed

Mary Ann Sullivan | Indianapolis Board of Ed

Ethan Ashley | Orleans Parish School Board

Julie Holland | KCMO Mayor's Director of Ed

Mike Johnston | Colorado Gubernatorial Candidate

Matt Westmoreland | Atlanta Board of Ed,
Atlanta City Council 

David Silver | Oakland Mayor's Director of Ed


Our elected and appointed officials are still working on their policy agendas for the summer of 2018. Fellows work on a range of issues from education and economic development, to budget decisions, criminal justice reform, and much more. For more detailed information on previous policies our fellows have worked on in each city, click HERE.  

The policies listed below are a representative sample of recent policy projects worked on by ULF fellows:

  • Creation of a strategic plan to support families through milestones leading up to pre-kindergarten

  • Development of programmatic and policy initiatives within The Oakland Promise, a comprehensive cradle-to-career initiative

  • Creation of a framework for opening, closing and relocating schools in Washington, D.C.

  • Development of an investment analysis tool for school districts to evaluate budget decisions

  • Implementation of plans for Colorado's economic development legislation: Pay For Success and Rural "Jumpstart" Economic Development