In each city, we partner with at least one elected/appointed 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 2020 elected official partners and recent policy initiatives. 

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Wendy Tucker

Tennessee State Board of Ed

James Coleman

Colorado House of Representatives

David Grosso

DC City Council

Dustin Marshall

Dallas Board of Ed

Ethan Ashley

Orleans Parish School Board

Lauren Arthur

Missouri State Senate

Trayon White

DC City Council

Matt Westmoreland

Atlanta City Council

David Silver

Oakland Mayor's Director of Ed

Patrick McAlister

Director, Office of Education Innovation for Mayor Joe Hogsett

Justin Henry

Dallas Board of Ed



Our elected and appointed officials are still working on their policy agendas for the summer of 2020. 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