KIPP Alumni Leadership Accelerator

The KIPP Alumni Leadership Accelerator is a career development fellowship for KIPP alumni who have demonstrated extraordinary achievement, drive, ambition, and leadership in their workplaces and communities. In the inaugural year of this program, the 14 selected fellows are from sectors ranging from finance to entrepreneurship, from law to medicine, from non-profit leadership to academia and the arts.

Apply Now for the 2017-18 Cohort

We are looking for candidates who aspire to be world class in their chosen field and to have an outsized impact on others. Applications are due July 28th, 2017.

To Apply:

Step 1:  Review all information on this site, including the “Frequently Asked Questions” section below.

Step 2:  Submit a resume and a letter of interest to the selection committee at accelerator@kipp.org by Friday, July 28th, 2017. In your letter of interest, please address the following (600 words max):

  1. Describe your aspirations across the next year and five years. Provide examples of how you intend to impact the world through your career and community
  2. Share a recent example of when you have demonstrated leadership
  3. Briefly outline your leadership strengths and areas for improvement as a leader

Step 3:  Ask two recommenders to fill out this form by Friday, July 28th, 2017.

We will inform all participants about selection later this summer.

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ACCELERATOR VISION

Across sectors and industry there will be equitable and meaningful representation of people of color and first-generation college-goers in the highest levels of leadership, who will have an outsized impact on our society, making the world a better place.

Frequently Asked Questions

    • 13 hours of 1:1 coaching from executive coaches at MLT
    • Introductions to leaders and influencers in your career field
    • Participation in a 3-day leadership summit with your Accelerator peers
    • Access to entrepreneurs and like-minded change agents
    • Engagement with the KIPP Foundation Board, KIPP donors and KIPP champions
    • Professional development trainings and skill workshops
    • Connections to other awesome Accelerator participants and KIPP peers
  • Applicants from all fields and career stages are encouraged to apply. This year’s cohort represented six KIPP regions, ten career fields, and ranged in age from 21 to 33.  Ideal candidates will possess the following:

    • Alumna/us of a KIPP middle or high school
    • Extraordinary track record of leadership and professional achievement
    • Ambitious goals and a vision to have an outsized impact on others
    • Demonstrated persistence in pursuit of career aspirations
    • Strong communication abilities
    • Bachelor’s Degree preferred
    • Commitment to attend all coaching and networking sessions, travel for in-person summits, and participate fully in the other components of the program
    • Leadership: a track record of leadership and professional achievement; evidence of potential for further leadership growth
    • Vision for Impact: ambitious goals; vision for outsized impact on others and a desire to be world class in your chosen career field
    • Clear plan: ability to communicate effectively; demonstrated commitment to doing whatever it takes to reach career and professional goals
    • Character: strong personal character; a model for KIPP’s core values; understanding of personal strengths and areas for improvement

    Relevance: the fellowship offerings are relevant to you at this point in your career

  • Applications will open on June 1.

  • Once applications open, you will be asked to submit 1) a resume 2) a letter of interest, and 3) two short recommendations

  • In less than 600 words, you will be asked to address:

    1. Describe your aspirations across the next year and five years. Provide examples of how you intend to impact the world through your career and community.
    2. Share a recent example of when you have demonstrated leadership
    3. Briefly outline your leadership strengths and areas for improvement as a leader
  • Yes. We require two references for this fellowship. Recommenders will be asked to submit a short letter through an online form.

  • There is no cost to fellows. Tuition, travel, lodging, food, and all materials will be paid for by the KIPP Foundation.

  • The fellowship starts in Fall 2017

  • Email us at accelerator@kipp.org

2016 Alumni Leadership Fellows

Stanley Aladi - KIPP Alumni Leadership Fellow
Stanley Aladi
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Stanley Aladi - KIPP Alumni Leadership Fellow

Stanley Aladi

Howard University College of Medicine, Medical Student

KIPP NYC Alumnus

Stanley Aladi is a Class of 2006 KIPP NYC alum. He received his high school education at George School in Newtown, PA and went on to attend Colgate University in Hamilton, NY, completing a B.A. in Biology. Stanley has a background in biomedical clinical research as he spent three years working as a research technician at Columbia University. Stanley is currently a fourth year medical student at Howard University College of Medicine and plans to pursue his residency training in internal medicine and eventually a subspecialty fellowship in cardiology or gastroenterology. Stanley’s plans to eventually lead a community based practice that fosters to the needs of patients in urban areas who are disproportionally underserved in healthcare.

KIPP Alumnus Derrick Bennett
Derrick Bennett
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KIPP Alumnus Derrick Bennett

Derrick Bennett

North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks, Financial Bank Examiner

KIPP ENC Alumnus

Derrick Bennett, born and raised in rural eastern North Carolina, is a proud Panther of KIPP ENC where he attributes the foundation of his career. As a Tar Heel, Derrick attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and discovered his passion for Economics and Philosophy. Derrick spent much of his spare time tutoring and mentoring in local area schools and was recognized as an UNC Public Service Scholar. After graduating, he attended East Carolina University and received his MBA, while also working in Branch Banking & Trust Company’s Trust Division. Aspiring to grow in the banking industry, Derrick transitioned into regulatory supervision, where he currently serves as a financial bank examiner at the North Carolina Office of the Commissioner of Banks, and focuses on capital markets and macro-economic research. Aside from his career, he also enjoys residential construction and recently obtained his North Carolina Building Contractor license to help provide affordable housing to rural underserved communities. Derrick aims to continue leading rural counties through financial literacy and professional development.

KIPP Alumna Victoria Bennett
Victoria Bennett
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KIPP Alumna Victoria Bennett

Victoria Bennett

North Carolina Department of Health & Human Services, Communication Specialist

KIPP ENC Alumna

Victoria is a proud member of the Pride of 2009, the first graduating class from the peanut fields of KIPP Gaston. She was honored to be a member of the prestigious cohorts of both the Robertson Scholars and the Michael & Susan Dell Scholars. She received her BA in Sociology with a minor in Social & Economic Justice from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She also received a certificate in Child Policy Research from Duke University. She is a recent graduate of North Carolina Central University School of Law. She is currently a Legal Communications Specialist with the NC Department of Health & Human Services. She lives her passion for service every single day, as a member of the KIPP ENC Board of Directors. She is the proud parent of Amaya, an inquisitive and energetic 4-year old. Her approach to her career and her life is simple: “Nihil timendum est.” Fear nothing.

KIPP Alumnus Lorenzo Castillo
Lorenzo Castillo
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KIPP Alumnus Lorenzo Castillo

Lorenzo Castillo

Education Everytime, Co-Founder PowerMoves, Entrepreneur in Residence and Teach for America, Coach

KIPP Houston Alumnus

After graduating from the very first KIPP School, Lorenzo earned full scholarships to attend boarding school in Connecticut and business school in California. Post college, Lorenzo returned to his hometown to serve as a corps member for Teach for America and taught for 2 years in Houston followed by an additional 2 years in New Orleans. Since then, Lorenzo has gained a variety of experience working with educational startups and non-profit organizations. Currently, Lorenzo serves as the Co-Founder of Education Everytime, Entrepreneur in Residence for PowerMoves, and Coach for Teach for America. When he is not working with teachers or doing business, Lorenzo enjoys running in Central Park with his dog Penelope and spending time with his family in Texas.

KIPP Alumna Roquel Crutcher
Roquel Crutcher
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KIPP Alumna Roquel Crutcher

Roquel Crutcher

KIPP Foundation, Government Affairs and Policy Associate

KIPP Memphis Alumna

Roquel is an eager mind and she is no stranger to being a leader. From founding her university’s NAACP chapter to changing the university’s discriminatory policies, Roquel dedicates her time to achieving equality. Roquel is a Class of 2016 college graduate who received her BA in Communications, Legal Studies, Economics and Government, as well as a certificate in Politics, Policy and Law from American University. It is from attending KIPP that Roquel noticed her passion in education policy and social justice and through KIPP teachers and administrators that Roquel learned how to use this voice effectively. Roquel has been featured in Washington Post, NBC Washington, and many other publications for her work. Originally from Memphis, Tennessee, it comes as no surprise that Roquel loves listening to music and dancing. Roquel was a member of American University’s national award winning dance team and plans to continue dancing as she navigates full time employment.

KIPP Alumna Bianca Hand
Bianca Hand
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KIPP Alumna Bianca Hand

Bianca Hand

The Walters Art Museum, Gallery Teaching Assistant Handel Choir of Baltimore, Development Associate

KIPP Baltimore Alumna

Bianca Hand graduated from The College of Wooster with a B.A in Archaeology and minors in Art History and French. Since graduation, she has worked within arts administration and development at a number of cultural institutions such as The Walters Art Museum and the Handel Choir of Baltimore. Though she wants to pursue a career in curation and museum administration, her goal is to also help create and implement strategic plans for institutions to develop and maintain culturally diverse staff members through programming, internships, and fellowships.

KIPP Alumnus Emeka Kanu
Emeka Kanu
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KIPP Alumnus Emeka Kanu

Emeka Kanu

Deloitte, Strategy and Operations Consultant

KIPP NYC Alumnus

Emeka Kanu grew up in the Bronx, NY. Through the guidance of his teachers at KIPP Academy Charter School, he earned a scholarship to Milton Academy, a boarding school in Milton, Massachusetts. After Milton, Emeka attended Trinity College where he earned his bachelor of science in economics and started on the varsity wrestling team. Upon graduating from Trinity, Emeka joined Teach For America where he taught mathematics at KIPP Delta Preparatory School in Helena, AR. After completing his two-year commitment with TFA, Emeka consulted for financial institutions for one year prior to pursuing his MBA at Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business. Emeka is currently consulting for Deloitte’s Strategy and Operations team out of Chicago.

 

KIPP Alumnus Erwing Jimenez
Erwing Jimenez
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KIPP Alumnus Erwing Jimenez

Erwing Jimenez

Linbeck Group LLC, Superintendent/Project Engineer

KIPP Houston Alumnus

Erwing was born and raised in Houston, TX. At the age of 12 he joined KIPP as a 6th grader. He went on to complete 8th grade and thus complete the program, as KIPP was only a middle school then. For high school Erwing was accepted into Strake Jesuit College Prep, a prestigious all boys catholic school. At Strake, Erwing was part of the football and track team for all 4 years. He was captain of the football and track teams his senior year. Upon graduation, Erwing had a chance to play college football at Whittier College in Whittier, California but decided to attend Texas Tech University to pursue his dream of becoming an Engineer. In May of 2008, Erwing graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Construction Engineering. Today, Erwing resides in Cypress, TX with his wife Delia and 2 kids Sarahi Elizabeth (3) and Erwing Alexander (8mo.) Erwin has worked as a Superintendent/ Project Engineer for Linbeck for the past 8 years.

KIPP Alumna Rocio Mendoza
Rocio Mendoza
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KIPP Alumna Rocio Mendoza

Rocio Mendoza

Baker & McKenzie LLP, Oil and Gas Associate

KIPP Houston Alumna

Rocio Guadalupe Mendoza was born in Mexico City on December 14, 1985 and grew up in Houston, Texas. Rocio attended KIPP Academy in Houston from 1995 to 1999 and went on to attend the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut. Rocio sought to continue to expand her academic horizons in a milder climate at Stanford University, where she became interested in pursuing a legal education. In order to confirm her desire, Rocio took a year off to work as a paralegal at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, then attended the University of Texas School of Law and graduated with honors in Rocio is currently an oil and gas associate in the Houston office of Baker & McKenzie LLP. Throughout her journey, Rocio has remained committed to giving back to her community, in particular by remaining involved with KIPP. Rocio has been a member of the KIPP Houston Public Schools executive board since 2012 and was recently appointed to the board of directors for the Hispanic Bar Association of Houston.

KIPP Alumna A'dorian Murray-Thomas
A’Dorian Murray-Thomas
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KIPP Alumna A'dorian Murray-Thomas

A’Dorian Murray-Thomas

SHE Wins INC, Founder and Executive Director

KIPP New Jersey Alumna

A’Dorian Murray-Thomas is the Founder and Executive Director of SHE Wins Inc., an organization that seeks to create a pipeline of leadership by investing in the development of civic-minded, college and career-ready young women leaders in the city of Newark. A recent graduate of Swarthmore

College, A’Dorian has been honored by the White House and named a “Champion of Change for College Opportunity” for her work. She has also previously been honored by Positive Community Magazine as the winner of the Annual “Community Choice Award” in Education; been named one of Glamour Magazine’s College Women of the Year; and been selected as the youngest fellow in the Black Alliance for Educational Options’ (BAEO) Bailley-Sullivan

Leadership Institute. A’Dorian currently serves as a board Member on the State Farm Youth Advisory Board and an Operations Coordinator at Opportunity Youth Network’s “Re-engagement Center”. Next year, she will be joining the North Jersey Corp of Teach for America as a middle school Social Studies teacher.

KIPP Alumnus George Ramirez
George Ramirez
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KIPP Alumnus George Ramirez

George Ramirez

The Loomis Chaffee School, Penn Fellow University of Pennsylvania, Graduate School of Education

KIPP NYC Alumnus

George Ramírez is an unapologetic Latinx immigrant Bronxite looking to decolonize and queer the academy. As a Penn Fellow at The Loomis Chaffee School, he has begun to create more equitable classrooms in predominantly white institutions as a physics and mathematics teacher. He studied physics and history at Yale University, where he developed a passion for pop culture and social media in the context of Latinx studies. In his free time, George loves to dance bachata, go hiking, and listen to Bruce Springsteen. Grateful for his past teachers and mentors, George will focus his master’s thesis at the University of Pennsylvania on the way educators can build meaningful relationships with their students. An aspiring academic, George plans to research the ways social media coalesces the identity of Latinx adolescents while being a support system for students of color.

KIPP Alumna Vanessa Ramirez
Vanessa Ramirez
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KIPP Alumna Vanessa Ramirez

Vanessa Ramirez

SER-Jobs for Progress, Chief Operating Officer Eight Million Stories, Founder

KIPP Houston Alumna

Vanessa Ramirez is a native Houstonian and the proud daughter of Mexican immigrants. She graduated from Occidental College in Los Angeles with a BA in Economics for Business and Management. Her passion for community development and education reform started in 1994 when she became a member of the Knowledge is Power Program as part of KIPP’s founding class.

Vanessa Ramirez serves as the Chief Operating Officer for SER-Jobs for Progress, where she supports the development, implementation, and delivery of program goals to fulfill the mission of SER, and the objectives of each of SER’s adult and youth programs. Prior to this role, she wore many hats within KIPP Houston Public School’s KIPP Through College department, most recently serving as the Interim Director of the Houston Scholar Program. In this role, she provided an extra layer of support to highly motivated students from KIPP and YES schools from 8th grade through 12th grade to help them make the transition through high school and college. She is also the Founder of Eight Million Stories, Inc., a nonprofit organization committed to providing communities of disconnected youth with an effective alternative to incarceration. In this role, she works with system-involved youth to identify their academic and socio-emotional needs and develop them into self-sustaining members of society who will transform our world.

KIPP Alumna Jerelyn Rodriguez
Jerelyn Rodriguez
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KIPP Alumna Jerelyn Rodriguez

Jerelyn Rodriguez

The Knowledge House, Founder and Chief Executive Officer

KIPP NYC Alumna

Bronx-native Jerelyn Rodriguez co-founded The Knowledge House in 2014, where she serves as Chief Executive Officer. This year she was honored as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30 in Education. Previously, she coordinated STEM after-school programs at Braven, formerly known as Beyond Z, and was the Bronx Field Director for Reshma Saujani’s (Founder of Girls Who Code) 2013 campaign for New York City Public Advocate. In 2011, Jerelyn joined Students for Education Reform (SFER) as the National Program Director. Prior to SFER, Jerelyn worked in the public school system, teaching and designing student programs. She is on the leadership council for South Bronx Rising Together, a founding Datanaut at NASA, a fellow at Camelback Ventures and the New Leaders Council. She sits on the board of the BXL Bronx Business Incubator and the Media Business Incubator at Hostos Community College. Jerelyn has a degree in film studies from Columbia University.

KIPP Alumnus Octavio Sandoval
Octavio Sandoval
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KIPP Alumnus Octavio Sandoval

Octavio Sandoval

MIT Sloan School of Management, MBA Student

KIPP NYC Alumnus

Octavio Sandoval grew up in the South Bronx and graduated from Cornell University in 2010. Upon graduation, he was a capital markets analyst for JP Morgan within its Fixed Income Division for two years. From 2012 – 2015, he worked for Wells Fargo Private Bank in Austin Texas where he managed the investment decisions regarding the asset allocation for over $300 million of his clients’ asset . Now, he is at MIT Sloan, hoping to transition into social impact.

Over the summer, he was a summer associate at Credit Suisse within its mergers and acquisitions group. At MIT Sloan, he serves as the VP of Admissions for the Student Senate, and he is the Co-President of the Vintner’s club as well as the VP of finance for the Hispanic Business Club.

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