About The Institute

Nine-Month immersive fellowship curated uniquely around the identities and lived experiences of leaders of color. The National Leadership Institute will center on MCEL’s  “Essential Leadership Competencies” for      Leaders of Color and our core principles of   “Quality, Quantity and Care.”


Submit Application for 2024 Institute

Who Should Attend

  • Experienced Principals +3 years

  • Assistant Superintendents

  • Chiefs of School

  • Deputy Superintendents

  • Chiefs of Staff

  • Executive Directors

The Experience: Cohort Learning Model

  • MCEL’s 360 Leadership Assessment Identity-based programing
  • Culturally relevant experiential learning excursions
  • Case Study Analysis
  • Fireside chats with top leaders from across the country
  • Mentoring/coaching through integrated support plan

NLI Cohort One

Marcos Murillo

Regional Superintendent Middle Schools, Hillsborough County Public Schools

Dr. Marion Smith Jr .

Chief Academic Officer, St. Louis Public Schools

Dr. Wardell Hunter

Director of Leadership Development, Atlanta Public Schools

Dr. James Hill

Assistant Superintendent Human Resources, Boulder Valley School District

Corey Williams

Director of High Schools, Memphis Shelby County Schools

Courtney Curtis

Middle School Principal, Fresno Unified School District

Marquis Harris

Assistant Director of Culture & Belonging, Olathe Public Schools

Dr. Marco Nava

Leadership Development, LAUSD District

Dr. Arturo Rodriguez

ENL Director, Indianapolis Public Schools

Dr. Ayo Akinmoladun

Lead Principal, Mastery Charter Schools

Kareem Thomas

Principal Leadership Coach, The School District of Philadelphia

Alexander Santoyo

Regional Administrative Director, Miami Dade County Schools

Donell Underdue, Jr.

Assistant Superintendent for District Transformation & Strategic Initiatives, Cumberland County Schools

Dr. Josue L. Cuevas

Associate Superintendent of Information Technology Services, Waukegan Community Unit District # 60

Dr. Donald Fennoy,
Superintendent in Residence

Former Superintendent, School District of Palm Beach County Schools, FL

Dr. Paul Cruz,
Superintendent in Residence

Co-Director, Cooperative Superintendency Program (CSP), Professor of Practice, University of Texas