The Surge Institute was established to broadly address the issues of race and class in urban education through leadership development, technical assistance and advocacy. The Surge Fellowship is the signature program of the Surge Institute.

Surge Institute was founded in 2014, in response to a dearth of leadership of color at the decision-making tables within education reform. Surge provides leadership development resources to institutions and individuals to create a pipeline of diverse leaders in education.

The Surge Fellowship, the Institute’s signature program, is designed to identify and groom emerging talent in education, and provide them with leadership development as well as access to networks and visibility, empowering them to bring new ideas, perspectives, and solutions that change the landscape of education.


Surge Fellows are Connected, Elite, Experienced and Passionate! “Fellows will leave the experience with the skills, tools, network, confidence, and ongoing support to have tremendous impact on the broad landscape of education.” Carmita Semaan, Founder and President

The Surge Institute is strengthened through partnerships for content, sourcing talent, understanding and leveraging networks, connecting in targeted geographic regions, and advisory and financial support.