As an alliance, the Coalition for Community Schools is represented by leaders of all ages, stages and contexts from youth to grandparents; from educators to elected officials; from families to institutions; from health & human services to out of school time; and from government agencies to grassroots organizations. Together, we work to grow excellent and sustainable Community Schools. The Coalition is dedicated to advancing this mission through a shared set of principles: to build on community strengths, invest in trusting relationships, and a commitment to continuous improvement.
The Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is the home of the Coalition for Community Schools, acting as the intermediary between the Coalition’s national intermediaries and place-based networks. IEL supports the work throughout the entire organization and intentionally staffs the Coalition to facilitate the development and implementation of a shared strategic plan.
The Coalition is full of talented leaders. In the spirit of our values and principles, IEL practices distributive leadership by enlisting the support of Network Co-Chairs. Visit our Networks to meet the Co-Chairs.
Joline joined IEL in 2017 as a program associate working on IEL’s family and community engagement work. She provides administrative, logistical, and programmatic support for the annual FCE National Conference, District Leaders meetings, and more.
Prior to joining IEL, Joline worked as a training coordinator for Spitfire Strategies; a national communication firm that works with nonprofits and foundations to provide strategic communication counsel, develop winning campaigns, and increase the capacity of staff through training and technical assistance. While there, she was responsible for creating tailored training material and coordinating logistics for trainings in Washington, D.C. and abroad.
Joline graduated from Roosevelt University with a BA in international studies and a minor in political science.
Tauheedah Jackson engages communities and supervises the Coalition for Community Schools’ programs, logistics, and daily operations.
Tauheedah brings nearly 20 years of experience in youth development, local government, philanthropy, school districts, and out-of-school time programs. She was previously the vice president for strategic partnerships for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford. As the director of the Hartford Partnership for Student Success, Tauheedah led a cross-sector partnership that founded the local Community Schools initiative. Under her leadership, Hartford Community Schools was nationally recognized as an exemplar for its systems-building work.
Tauheedah, a first-generation college student, is a graduate of Connecticut College. She is a sought-after speaker and trainer and sits on various nonprofit boards. She has received several awards recognizing her leadership, including Hartford Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty.
Pele Le is a 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.
Prior to joining IEL, Pele bridged communities and developed advocates in his work at universities, state and federal-level civil rights organizations, and nonprofits. At the Southeast Asian Resource Action Center, he advocated for the largest refugee population to ever resettle in the United States, leading equitable outreach research and national community engagement efforts. At the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, he coordinated local grassroots and national campaigns to mobilize the AAPI community for the elections.
José Muñoz became the Coalition for Community Schools director in 2017, bringing over 30 years of cross-sector partnership experience in youth, family, and community development. Before joining IEL, he was the executive director of the ABC Community School Partnership in New Mexico. In this role, José scaled up Community Schools from four to 26 in five years, won the first Community Schools Initiative Leadership Award, and hosted the largest Community Schools National Forum to date.
José earned a national legacy award for his work leading gang prevention, intervention, and re-entry programs for the Boys & Girls Clubs. He was also the Coordinator of a national model site for the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation and is a founding member of the Southern Nevada Community Gang Task Force.
José and his wife have a blended family of two sons and three daughters. The Muñoz’s serve their community through their church and community groups in their free time.
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Mia joined IEL in October 2019. She is responsible for leading IEL’s online communications work and helping to elevate its online presence through our email program, social media platforms, websites and partnerships programs.
Mia brings with her seven-and-a-half years of experience as a digital communications specialist, including leading social media and online campaign efforts for the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union. Her work focused on servicing hardworking union members by creating a platform for their stories and amplifying their voices to help them build better lives and gain agency, as well as educating the masses about the union difference and Labor’s impact on social justice issues.
During that time Mia also earned her MFA at George Mason University where she concentrated on creative nonfiction writing and utilized courses in professional writing and web design to enhance her skills in writing for web to engage a wide variety stakeholders.
Mia currently serves as the D.C. and Northern Virginia chapter co-leader for a Type One Diabetes advocacy group called Type One Run, that connects area diabetics and their friends and family through running and community. She also is a brand ambassador for Old Bust Head Brewing Company.
Mary Kingston Roche leads policy and advocacy efforts to promote the Community Schools approach on the federal and state levels.
Prior to this role, Mary served as manager of government relations for the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). In that role, she represented NASSP members as an active voice on Capitol Hill for the best possible federal policies for the nation’s secondary school leaders and school districts. 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. She began her career teaching middle and high school English in Oakland, Calif.