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The Coalition for Community Schools, housed at the Institute for Educational Leadership, is an alliance of national, state and local organizations in education K-16, youth development, community planning and development, family support, health and human services, government and philanthropy as well as national, state and local community school networks. Community schools are both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. There are a number of national models and local community school initiatives that share a common set of principles: fostering strong partnerships, sharing accountability for results, setting high expectations, building on the community’s strengths, and embracing diversity and innovative solutions. For more information on community schools, contact us.

Work of the Coalition for Community Schools is made possible through the generous supported of The Atlantic Philanthropies, the Annie E. Casey Foundation, JP Morgan Chase Foundation, The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation, the Stuart Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and the United Way of The National Capital Area.

Meet The Team:

 José Muñoz
Director, Coalition for Community Schools &
Vice President, Equity and Impact, Institute for Educational Leadership

José is passionate about putting faith into action, making sure his family feels loved, and developing and mobilizing leaders that will serve our communities devotedly.

José Muñoz became the Director of the Coalition for Community Schools in September of 2017 bringing over 25 years of cross-sector partnership experience for youth, family, and community development across the United States. Before joining IEL, he was the ABC Community School Partnership Executive Director which is a unique cross-sector, joint partnership agreement between Albuquerque Public Schools, the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Central New Mexico, and the University of New Mexico. During his time at the ABC Community School Partnership, he tirelessly worked to serve the children in Albuquerque and across New Mexico. Muñoz strategically scaled up community schools from four to 26 in five years by securing over three million dollars by successfully advocating for policy and developing key partnerships for Community Schools with state and local governments, school districts, teachers unions, and local businesses. In 2014, Munoz won the first Community Schools Initiative Leadership Award, and in 2016 hosted histories largest Community Schools National Forum in Albuquerque; mobilizing and preparing over 1,700 leaders on all levels from 44 states and eight countries.

Before ABC Community School Partnership, he served three states, four counties, and nine cities through the Boys & Girls Clubs.  Muñoz also developed high quality out of school time activities, by leading gang prevention, intervention, and re-entry programs ultimately earning a national legacy award, and developed full-service Clubs that met the needs of every child and family. He is a founding member of the Southern Nevada Community Gang Task Force and is responsible for establishing a youth ran business. José expanded his service in Bernalillo County, New Mexico as the Coordinator of a national model site for the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. 

José is married to the lovely Leslie Muñoz, and they have a blended family of two sons and three daughters. In their free time, the Muñoz's like to serve their community through their church and grow leadership by leading community groups.


Tauheedah Jackson
Deputy Director, Coalition for Community Schools

Tauheedah Jackson serves as the deputy director for IEL’s Coalition for Community Schools. She is responsible for engaging local communities and supervising the programs, logistics, and daily operations of the Coalition.

Tauheedah brings to IEL nearly 20 years of experience working in youth development, local government, philanthropy, school districts and out-of-school time programs. She previously served as the vice president for Strategic Partnerships for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. Most recently, as the director of the Hartford Partnership for Student Success, Tauheedah led a cross-sector collaborative partnership that founded and funded the local community schools initiative in Hartford, Connecticut. Under Tauheedah’s leadership, Hartford Community Schools became locally and nationally recognized as an exemplar for its systems-building work. During her time at the Hartford Partnership for Student Success, Tauheedah was elected by her peers to serve as co-chair for IEL's Coalition for Community Schools Leadership Network and as a member of the Coalition’s steering committee.

A native of Bridgeport, Connecticut, Tauheedah is a Connecticut College graduate and first-generation college student with a background in government and secondary education. She is a sought-after presenter and trainer, and sits on various nonprofit boards. She has received several awards recognizing her leadership in the field, including Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty in 2013.



Pele Le
Events and Operations Program Associate

Pele Le (he/him/his) is proud second-generation Vietnamese American and a first-generation college graduate of the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities with a B.A.S. in health services management and a minor in psychology, public health, leadership, and Korean.

Pele joined IEL in 2019 as an events and operations program associate to work directly with IEL's Coalition of Community Schools and Family & Community Engagement initiatives.

Prior to joining IEL, he has been bridging communities and developing advocates, working at universities, state and federal-level civil rights organizations, and nonprofits. At the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center, he advocated for largest refugee population to ever resettle in the United States, leading equitable outreach research and national community engagement efforts. At the largest national Asian American and Pacific Islander workers’ organization, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, he coordinated local grassroots and national campaigns to mobilize the AAPI community for the elections.

Mary Kingston Roche
Director of Policy, Institute for Educational Leadership

Mary Kingston is the Director of Public Policy for the Coalition for Community Schools. In this role she leads the policy and advocacy efforts of the Coalition to promote the community schools approach both on the federal and state levels. Prior to this role, Mary served for 2.5 years as Manager of Government Relations for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). In this role she represented the NASSP members as an active voice on Capitol Hill at the federal level for the best policies possible for secondary school leaders and school districts across the nation.  While at NASSP, Mary also led the lobbying efforts of the nation's largest education coalition, the Committee for Education Funding, in the role of Hill Teams Co-Chair. Mary is a proud alumna of IEL's Education Policy Fellowship Program, class of 2011. 
Mary received her Master of Public Policy from Duke University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Boston University.  Prior to joining the staff at NASSP she began her career teaching middle and high school English for three years in Oakland, CA.


Justine Mariscal
Intern, Coalition for Community Schools

Justine is originally from San Diego and a continuing 4th year at the University of California, Santa Barbara. She is a psych major with an applied psych minor which research experience in the realm of School Psychology. She has a passion for all things social justice related, love food and am always open to trying new things. She looks forward to getting to know everyone and building community schools.

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