Region / Memphis



Memphis, TN is a hub for equity-minded leaders driving change for the future. With a rich and tense history rooted in the Civil Rights Movement, Memphis is full of opportunity for impact. LEE members in Memphis are already leading as elected officials, policy leaders, and community organizers. In this region, we are committed to working with our members and partners to increase equity by advocating with the people who work and live here. Through skill-building opportunities, networking events, and leadership development support, we guide you towards achieving the impact you want to make in Memphis through your work in policy, advocacy, community organizing, or as an elected leader.

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Memphis LEE Members


Members serving as current/former elected leaders


Members working as senior policy, advocacy & organizing leaders

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Michael Whaley

Michael is the Director of Regional Impact for Memphis. Michael uses his relationships in Memphis and background as a former teacher and school leader and current elected official to support members’ leadership journey. He began his career as a TFA Memphis corps member teaching elementary school, before founding Memphis College Prep.

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Henry Jones Jr, PhD 

Henry Jones Jr, PhD, serves as the Director of Organizing Strategy for Leadership for Educational Equity Memphis. As an outstanding professional in the field of Community Engagement, Henry has shown leadership and immense expertise in building grassroots organizations, recruiting grassroots leaders and building effective community-based programming that pushes communities of color to show up and speak out.

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Organizing Alliance

Get Involved with 9-0 ONE

This organizing alliance is a group of leaders who are passionate about equity in Memphis. They envision a Memphis where schools meet the academic and socioemotional needs of all students to better prepare them for life.

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