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Leadership for Educational Equity has been supporting the development of diverse leaders who reflect the breadth, depth, and beauty of American communities for years. We are clear on the need for values-based leaders who have firsthand experience dealing with the challenges of inequity to address our shortcomings. This year, via the SparkLeadership program, we are supporting 55 of them: 60% women, 38% Black, and 33% Latinx candidates. 

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Quick facts:

  • Latino political leaders in only 1% of all 500,000 national elected seats -- despite being 19% of the population.
  • There are only 55 Black elected leaders currently in Congress, representing just 13% of Congressional seats.
  • Only 729 state legislators are Black, representing a mere 10% of national legislative seats.
  • Women represent ¼ of all elected officeholders despite being more than half of the total U.S. population.

Jason Llorenz, Vice President of Communications at Leadership for Educational Equity, released the following statement:

“Building a diverse pipeline of leaders that reflects our communities and values is critically important to the continued progress of our country and central to the work of Leadership for Educational Equity. Supporting values-based, equity-driven leaders to assume political power at the highest level in this is a long-overdue step. Women, Latinos, and Black Americans have been civically leading our communities for generations but are completely underrepresented in elected office. While the civic and political landscape in the United States hasn’t kept up the pace with our demographics, it has been changing, and instead of serving as faithful electors for others; minority communities are stepping up and winning elections to address the broken systems that perpetuate inequity in our country.”