Martiaè Jenkins-Alexander is a Resident Principal – Chicago Leadership Collaborative at Chicago Public Schools.

“Surge means operationalizing the principle of Ujima. This happens by bringing my gifts as a strategist and servant leader to a community of talented education leaders with a collective clear purpose in standing firmly in our commitment to serving Black and Brown communities. As a person that identifies as Womanist, Black, and a daughter of Mississippi for all its historical implications that have permeated through my family, it has become ever clear that the solutions Black and Brown communities need are within us. From this lens, my daily intention is to show up as I am, valuing the specific perspective I bring from my experiences, and building the table instead of waiting for a seat at one.”