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What is the Education Policy Fellowship Program?


Apply for the 2019-2020 EPFP Class Now!

We are now accepting applications for the 2019-2020 class of the Education Policy Fellowship Program! Download an application below and learn more about the EPFP experience below.

The Education Policy Fellowship Program (EPFP) is a national professional development program sponsored by the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) that provides potential leaders with the knowledge and networks to advance the core issues of education policy. Each participating state has autonomy over its program.

It is an initiative of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, generously supported by funding from Wells Fargo and Alston & Bird, and co-sponsored by the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University and the Office of the Vice President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia. The program began in 2008 and connects potential educational leaders with one another to build the capacity for our state to raise the bar for student learning and achievement.

The program addresses the need for an education leadership development program in the state to provide potential leaders with the knowledge and networks to advance the core issues of education policy. It serves as a critical resource for individuals, organizations and the state to increase the knowledge about education policy and linkages between policy and practice. Ultimately EPFP seeks to improve the chances of children and youth to succeed.

What are the Requirements?

The Fellows commit nine months and concentrate on three program strands: public policy, leadership, and professional networking. They remain in their full-time positions and use their work environment as the context for examining important leadership and policy issues in Georgia.

What are the Personal Benefits?

The program provides Fellows with a unique personal development laboratory for applying new insights and for cultivating new skills. The participants will hear and discuss education policy with the most respected policy makers in the state and nation. At the end of a year, EPFP Fellows will be better informed, more skillful advocates for sound public policy. See below what Fellows have to say about the EPFP experience:

Paige Pushkin

Exec. Dir., Georgia Foundation for Public Education

Alexa Brown

Program Manager, Achieve Atlanta

Amy Hutchins

Ed & Workforce Dev. Manager, Georgia Power Co.

What are the Benefits to Georgia?

With the implementation of EPFP, the Georgia Partnership, the Andrew Young School of Public Policy, and the Office of the President for Public Service and Outreach at the University of Georgia, cultivate strategic leaders who have the capacity to advocate for and create sound public policy to improve public education. Ultimately, EPFP seeks to improve the chances of children and youth to succeed.

Need more information or curious about the application process? Contact our communications director, Robert Gaines.

2018-2018 Class List

Morcease J. Beasley


Clayton County Public Schools

Scott M. Bierman

Legislative Services Associate

GA School Boards Association

Caren Cloud

Legal Director

Truancy Intervention Project GA, Inc

Caitlan Cole

Grants Coordinator

Charles R. Drew Charter School

Dionne Cowan

Associate Director, Principals Center

Georgia State University

Christina DeGiulio

Principal Planner

Atlanta Regional Commission

Lisa B. Dwyer

Director, Partnerships & Special Projects

GEEARS: GA Early Ed Alliance for Ready Students

Rodney T. Green

Assistant Superintendent

Lowndes County Schools

Dave Howland

Managing Director of External Relations

KIPP Metro Atlanta Schools

Matt Jones

Chief of Staff

Georgia Department of Education

Joseph Lillyblad

Education and Workforce Development Manager

Georgia Power

Katherine Manthey

Academic Accountability Manager

State Charter Schools Commission of Georgia

Amanda Minix

Director of Development

YMCA of Metro Atlanta

Errika Moore

Executive Director

TAG: Technology Association of Georgia

Dawn M. Parker


Alonza A. Crim Open Campus High School

Aixa M. Pascual

Advocacy, Thought Leadership & Cultural Engagement

Latin American Association

David Peterson


Literacy for All, Community Fdn. of Greater Atl.

Austin Riley

Program Coordinator-Cobb Workforce Partnership Cobb Chamber of Commerce

Erika Danielle Robinson

Executive Director

Georgia Gwinnett College

Monique Shields

Executive Director

Breakthrough Atlanta

Tiffany Taylor

Director, Policy & Compliance

Marietta City Schools

Alex Wan

Executive Director

Horizons Atlanta, Inc

Alexandra Wiggins

Community Development Advisor

Purpose Built Communities