Baltimoreans for Educational Equity (BEE) is a group of teachers, former teachers, families, students, and allies who work collectively for educational equity at the district, city, and state level.

We identify leaders who collaborate with their networks to listen, build relationships, and identify shared and actionable issues that are barriers to achieving educational equity. From the collection of stories, BEE members form an organized base which moves in collective action to change the education landscape in Baltimore.

Members of BEE recognize the major inequities that affect Baltimore’s students. As we organize and act, we are inclusive of all Baltimoreans who want to build power to effect change.

Our Current Work

For the 2019-2020 school year, we seek to collectively:

  • Convene and conduct deep-listening with Baltimore communities to get a clearer picture of the state of community schools in Baltimore in order to identify patterns and opportunities for policy improvement.

  • Mobilize in the campaign to turn the Kirwan commission’s recommendations into policy ensuring an education system that provides a world-class experience for all learners.

Meet the Strategy Team


Natasha Escobar


Wesley Hawkins


David Heilker


Alaine Jolicoeur


Lauren Lamb


Abigail Swisher


Jamal Turner

Meet the LEE Staff Members


Taylor Stewart, Senior Director of Regional Impact


Joy Lawson, Director of Programs and Organizing


We develop leaders. Come lead with us.

Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE) is seeking a senior leader to serve as Director of Impact in Maryland.

BEE's work in Baltimore is supported by Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), a nonpartisan, nonprofit leadership development organization. For more on LEE's work, visit educationalequity.org.