About EPFP

Program Overview
The Education Policy Fellowship Program turns high-potential professionals into tomorrow’s education leaders.

EPFP is Louisiana’s only professional development program for emerging policy leaders seeking to improve student outcomes. In 2015, Louisiana joined the ranks of 14 other states across the US in welcoming EPFP to our community.

Fellows remain in their full-time positions and use their work environment as the context for examining issues in education leadership and policy. The program benefits states, organizations, and individuals: Louisiana gains a strengthened talent pipeline of trained education policy professionals, employers gain new organizational expertise and networks, and participants become informed leaders within their workplace and community.
Speakers & Curriculum
EPFP Fellows are privileged to learn from a wide variety of guest speakers, including Maurice "Moon" Landrieu (Former Mayor, City of New Orleans); Jan Moller (Director, Louisiana State Budget Project); Paul Pastorek (Former Superintendent of Education, State of Louisiana); Dr. Andre Perry (Founding Dean of Urban Education, Davenport University); Scott Richard (Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association); Dr. James Richardson (Director, Public Administration Institute at Louisiana State University); and James Singleton (Chairman, New Orleans Redevelopment Authority and Former President, New Orleans City Council).

Colloquiums are held one Friday per month from 9am to 3pm at Jones Walker LLP, 201 Saint Charles Ave. #5200.
EPFP Colloquiums
  • Retreat: Setting the Stage
  • Colloquium I: Adaptive, Courageous Leadership
  • Colloquium II: Autonomy, Equity & Choice: Building Viable Governance Models
  • Colloquium III: Show Me The Money: Inside the Louisiana State Budget
  • Colloquium IV: From Cradle to the New Standards — ESSA and Beyond
  • Colloquium V: The Changing Face of Education Demography
  • Colloquium VI: The Future of the Education Profession
  • Colloquium VIII: High School / JumpStart / STEM: 21st-Century Learning
  • Washington Policy Seminar National Meeting
  • Colloquium IX: Leadership for Partnership and Public Advocacy
  • Project Presentation & Program Graduation
What Do I Need to Apply?
  • • A passion for education policy and a desire to improve opportunities for all Louisiana children
  • • A track record for making things happen both inside and across agencies/organizations
  • • A commitment to personal and professional development
  • • A full-time, professional position with substantive work experience
  • • A bachelor’s degree or its equivalent
  • • The endorsement and financial support of your employing organization
EPFP Commitment
  • • Participate in 10 sessions over the nine-month period including a welcome reception / retreat, eight topic-based colloquiums, and graduation ceremony
  • • Attend a national forum focusing on policy
  • • Share your experience and knowledge with other Fellows through inquiry, discussions, and presentations
  • • Conduct independent study and research by reading materials in advance, preparing questions, and completing a self-designed project related to issues explored in the program
For Employers
  • Access to a nationally-acclaimed professional program with a proven track record
  • Better informed, more skillful employees who understand policy making and the interconnections of education with other sectors
  • Employees who are prepared to assume greater leadership responsibilities
  • Employees equipped to make dynamic, research-based contributions to education policy and practice
  • Expanded professional networks that enhance the organization’s ability to access key leaders and decision makers who shape policy on behalf of children and youth
What An intensive cross-sector professional training program in contemporary education issues, policymaking, leadership, strategy and more
When November through May yearly, including colloquiums, networking sessions, and the spring Washington, D.C., Policy Seminar
Cost Fellows’ employing organizations pay a small tuition of $2500 that covers local tuition and space requirements, as well as travel expenses to the Washington Policy Seminar. Limited scholarships are available — contact us to find out more.
Where Most local colloquiums take place at the offices of Jones Walker LLP, 201 Saint Charles Ave #5100, New Orleans, LA 70170; as this is a state-wide program, Fellows also engage in several field trips to the Louisiana Capitol and other policy centers around Louisiana.

Cohort & Alumni

Mr. Brian Adams
Teach for America Southeast Louisiana
POLICY PROJECT: School Discipline Reform for Louisiana Youth Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline
Bio & Leadership Statement

Dr. Marsha Broussard
Louisiana Public Health Institute
POLICY PROJECT: School Discipline Reform for Louisiana Youth Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Sherdren Burnside
Journey 9th Ward Assembly of God
POLICY PROJECT: Willing Professionals + RESPECT = Prepared Teachers and Successful Students
Bio & Leadership Statement

Dr. Lisa Green-Derry
NOLA-BRAR (Born, Raised And Returned)
POLICY PROJECT: Willing Professionals + RESPECT = Prepared Teachers and Successful Students
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Lisa French
Louisiana Department of Education
POLICY PROJECT: School Discipline Reform for Louisiana Youth Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Sara Massey
Communities in Schools of Greater New Orleans
POLICY PROJECT: School Discipline Reform for Louisiana Youth Interrupting the School to Prison Pipeline
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Brionne Stewart
Young Audiences Charter School
POLICY PROJECT: Willing Professionals + RESPECT = Prepared Teachers and Successful Students
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Adrian Todd
Total Community Action
POLICY PROJECT: Willing Professionals + RESPECT = Prepared Teachers and Successful Students
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Susan Kahn
Louisiana State University at Lafayette
POLICY PROJECT: The Louisiana School Choice Parent Dilemma: When Public School is Not an Option
Bio & Leadership Statement

Mrs. Zakenya Neely
Orleans Public Education Network
POLICY PROJECT: The Louisiana School Choice Parent Dilemma: When Public School is Not an Option
Bio & Leadership Statement

Mr. Patrick Anderson
100 Black Men of Metro New Orleans
POLICY PROJECT: Defining and Measuring Teacher Effectiveness (with Shantell Lee)
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Justina George
College Track
POLICY PROJECT: Jump Start Career Pathways Policy Implementation Recommendations
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Jennifer James
Young Audiences of Louisiana
POLICY PROJECT: Arts For All: Equity in Access for High Needs Students
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Shantell Lee
Urban Strategies
POLICY PROJECT: Defining and Measuring Teacher Effectiveness (with Patrick Anderson)
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Julia Ramsey
Orleans Public Education Network
POLICY PROJECT: Find the Facts and Use Them Right: The Intersection of Evidence-Based Policy, Louisiana Sex Education, and Teen Risk Assessment
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Catherine Robin
Total Community Action
POLICY PROJECT: Coming soon!
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Traci Amanda Washington
OnWard Education Consulting
POLICY PROJECT: Coming soon!
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Ashley Daniels-Hall
ReNEW Schools
POLICY PROJECT: Accountability for All: Revamping Accountability to Accurately Appraise All Schools (with Dr. Robyn Madison-Harris) Presentation | Brief
Bio & Leadership Statement

Dr. Célèste Kee
New Orleans Arts Education Alliance
POLICY PROJECT: Bringing Back the Arts: A Policy Pathway to Equitable Arts Education in New Orleans
Bio & Leadership Statement

Dr. Robyn Madison-Harris
American Institutes for Research
POLICY PROJECT: Accountability for All: Revamping Accountability to Accurately Appraise All Schools (with Ashley Daniels-Hall) Presentation | Brief
Bio & Leadership Statement

Dr. Michelle Barconey
New Orleans Job Corps
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Cheyenne Blackburn
The Southern Poverty Law Center
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Rachel Chaney
St. John the Baptist Public School System
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Tania Coleman
St. John the Baptist School Board
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Em Cooper
Louisiana Department of Education
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Kelly Donnatto
Moton Charter School
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Dorothy Slater
Tulane University
Bio & Leadership Statement

Ms. Melody Therence
Good Samaritan Nursing & Rehabilitation Center
Bio & Leadership Statement