Wisam Fillo, Director, Alumni Leadership Advancement (Talent) at Teach for America.

“I believe strongly that our students deserve to have high-impact leaders who look like them. On top of that, I feel a deep sense of responsibility in making sure black and brown school leaders feel adequately supported and developed and appreciated. I also need to know what that looks like and am seeking that community and push from Surge explicitly. I want to be able to take up space as an educational leader. I want to be able to make space for my black and brown staff, my teachers, my school leaders and I want them to take space and make space for their students. In essence, I want us to reclaim what is ours and I know that is only possible in and with a village of support.”