Mandisa John is Director of Program and Partnerships at Urban Teachers – Philadelphia

“With my current role, I have reached a turning point in my career where I am stepping into my power, broadening my impact, developing my brand as an advocate and leader, and am starting to have opportunities come to me that will push me to be bold. With the Surge experience, I want to combine all of the knowledge and insights I’ve gained to truly impact change and transform education for the youth of Philadelphia while taking my leadership to the next level. I am looking forward to connecting with other educational leaders of color who are as passionate about this work for our youth and communities who bring various experiences and can push my thinking through deep and honest dialogue. I am also excited about the opportunity to develop skills in finance, strategic planning, and change management in ways I have not previously.”