Biridiana Rodriguez

Biridiana Rodriguez is the Director of Quality & Accountability at the School District of Philadelphia’s Charter Schools Office. “Surge’s vision is to dramatically and urgently transform the lives and educational…

Ashley Pollard

Ashley Pollard is Digital Inclusion Manager at City of Philadelphia. “Since moving to Philly in 2020, I’ve sought to build relationships with my neighbors and root myself in my community.…

Malia Neal

Malia Neal is Executive Director at Artwell. “As an educational leader and an aspiring Head of School, I want to continue to create nurturing, progressive spaces for young people with…

Mandisa John

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…

Malarie Grace

Malarie Grace is a manager at Elevate 215. “Through Surge, I hope to gain community, safe spaces to build vital skills, and gain truths unwillingly shared in Philadelphia. I hope…

Shannon Ellis

Shannon Ellis is the Director of Climate Implementation & Innovation at The School District of Philadelphia. “The opportunity to be named a Surge Fellow is both humbling and rewarding. I…

Le’Yondo Dunn

Le’Yondo Dunn is Chief Program Officer at YouthBuild Philadelphia Charter School. “Philadelphia is the poorest, large city in the United States, and the implications on students, particularly brown and Black students,…

Chanell Bates

Chanell Bates is VP of Talent at The Union of Philadelphia Futures & Steppingstone Scholars. “I am excited to be considered for the first cohort of fellows for Surge in Philly.…