ABOUT US

Founded in 2015, BMEA was created with the primary goal to recruit, engage, and develop Black male educators. We achieve this by partnering with educational agencies at the local, state and national level to support recruiting black men into education, engaging Black male educators, and developing leaders to improve the education of youth.

 

mission

Our Mission is to increase and strengthen the community of Black male educators in classrooms across the nation, to improve educational outcomes for all children.  

mission anchors

Our Anchor Mission Strategy outlines the ways in which we channel our collective energy to RECRUIT, ENGAGE AND develop BLACK MALE AND Culturally responsive educatORS, WHOM prioritize students’ cultural environment to create “liberated learners”

RECRUIT

Black men represent only 2% of the national teaching force, although children of color make up the majority of the American school population. Prioritizing the recruitment and onboarding of Black male educators

ENGAGE

Nationally, Black male and culturally responsive educators leave their schools and profession at higher rates than their counterparts. We help schools and administrators develop and implement engagement and retention strategies.

DEVELOP

Research indicates that efforts to develop and invest in the Black male and culturally responsive teaching force are the most effective retention methods for Black and culturally responsive educators

LEADERSHIP TEAM

Curtis L. Lewis, Ph.D.

Curtis L. Lewis, Ph.D.

Founder/CEO

Michael Payne, JR

President

Joseph Hines, II

Vice President - Programming

Brandon Lane

Executive Director of Programming

Staci L. Williams

Director of Communications & Finance

Chris Waston

Director of Technology and Data Analysis

Joe Bush

Director of Operations

Sarah Feldman

Marketing Team

Jerry Lawrence

Marketing Team

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Russell Harris

Russell Harris

Chairman

Larry Holliday

Larry Holliday

Board Member

Council Member James E. Tate, Jr.

Council Member James E. Tate, Jr.

Board Member

Leah Van Belle, Ph.D.

Leah Van Belle, Ph.D.

Vice Chairman

Lisa Johanon, Esq

Lisa Johanon, Esq

Board Member

Karlin Tichenor, Ph.D.

Karlin Tichenor, Ph.D.

Board Member

N. Akosua Burris

N. Akosua Burris

Secretary

Rev. Solomon Kinloch, Jr.

Rev. Solomon Kinloch, Jr.

Board Member

Tanya Upthegrove Gregory

Tanya Upthegrove Gregory

Board Member

Abram Miller

Abram Miller

Treasurer

Marini Lee, Ph.D.

Marini Lee, Ph.D.

Board Member

Chezare Warren, Ph.D.

Chezare Warren, Ph.D.

Board Member

Rachele Dimeglio

Rachele Dimeglio

Fundraising Officer

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