July 2021 Alberto Morales

Chicago Latinos in Philanthropy (CLIP) has announced Alberto Morales (CHI’20) as CLIP’s first Project Manager. Read more in the official press release.

July 2021 Jermaine Wilson

Jermaine Wilson, Ph.D. (KC’20) has accepted a new role as Executive Director of Student Support Services at DeSoto Independent School District.

July 2021 Elisa Botello

Elisa M. Botello (CHI’16) has been appointed as Chief of Staff at Prince William County Public Schools (PWCS). In her new role, Elisa will serve as a member of the Superintendent’s Executive Leadership Team and will prioritize and facilitate the resolution of critical issues on behalf of the Superintendent.

July 2021 Dalonte Burns

Noble Network of Charter Schools has welcomed Dalonte Burns (CHI’21) as new principal of UIC College Prep. Crain’s Chicago Business also featured him on ‘People on the Move’. Read more here: http://ow.ly/YUhi50FEJPq

July 2021 Jawann Pollard

Jawann Pollard (CHI’17) has accepted a new role as Associate Director of Undergraduate Admission at Loyola University Chicago.

July 2021 Bridget Lee

Bridget Lee (CHI’18) has been promoted to Director of Education Strategy. In her new role, she will support the Chief Education Officer in achieving the CPS Vision: Success Starts Here. Bridget will also design and facilitate professional learning and collective problem solving sessions for CPS senior leaders.

July 2021 Jennifer Collier

July 2021

“We hope that this [program] is just the beginning,” Collier said. “Our students need more of these opportunities to have paid work experiences in their own community. Our students need this, and they deserve it.”

Game-changing work is happening in the Kansas City community. The Surge Institute is honored to highlight Jennifer Collier (KC’19) for her contribution and partnership in actualizing the Working for Youth program, which has directly supported over 400 young people in gaining employment. Read the full article on the impactful initiative here.

Welcome Surge Alumna Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare to Oakland Advisory Board

(Oakland, CA) The Surge Institute is excited to welcome a dynamic trailblazer to our Local Oakland Advisory Board. Please join us in welcoming Osayuware (Tina) Enagbare (OAK’18)!

This is an exciting moment as Surge Oakland welcomes an alumna of the inaugural Oakland Surge Fellowship into a role that heightens her commitment to our mission and vision for equity in education within the Bay Area. Members who are currently a part of Surge Oakland’s Advisory Board include:

“My Surge Fellowship experience was transformative for me,” she said. “It was the first space where I was encouraged to name and own that working in the education sector is more than a career; it’s deeply personal for me. I committed to this work because I don’t want students of color to have the same experiences I had in schools and school systems – being othered, marginalized, and unheard.”

A passionate community-centered philanthropist, she currently serves as the Vice President of Talent & Equity at Peer Health Exchange. With many previous years in the for-profit sector with experience in Fortune 250 & consulting firms, she later transitioned her career to the non-profit sector to fulfill her passion of empowering communities. “I am joining Surge Oakland’s Advisory Board to add my perspective as an Surge Alum and share my Talent Management expertise to inform the fellowship experience in Oakland. Surge Oakland (as the first expansion city for Surge) is also deepening it’s investment in Alumni programming in bold and exciting ways,” she continued. “I’m excited to lend my voice on how we can bridge the Fellow-to-Alumni experience to assure we are using our collective genius and expertise to better education and youth-serving organizations for Oakland students!”

If you are interested in supporting and connecting with our work in Oakland and the Bay Area, please contact our Oakland Team at oakland@surgeinstitute.org.

July 2021 Robbie Curry

Robbie Curry (CHI’20) is bringing to life his Surge Fellowship Freedom Dreams Project, The Marcus Literacy Project, Inc., which is an education tech company that is building a video game designed to support 4th – 8th-grade students to become proficient readers while also developing a love for reading. If you are interested in partnering with Robbie to support this work, visit www.wemakechange.org/projects/themarcusliteracyproject for volunteering opportunities.

July 2021 Ngozi Harris

Ngozi Harris (CHI’19) was recently featured on a segment for ‘Our Chicago,’ highlighting the work of Youth Guidance’s WOW program and its impact on girls in Chicago and beyond. See the full segment here.