As a next generation, multi-racial civil rights organization and one of the leading organizations in the country dedicated to eliminating the school to prison pipeline, Advancement Project is focused on growing its work engaging grass roots organizers to pass school discipline policies across the United States.
BMA Innovator: Dr. John Jackson, President & CEO, The Schott Foundation for Public Education
The Schott Foundationseeks to spread evidence based school reform policy by offering philanthropic and capacity building support toorganizations in targeted states across the country to fuel the school reform movement to ensure opportunity for all children.
Judith Browne Dianis
Judith Browne Dianis is Co-Director of Advancement Project. She has an extensive background in civil rights litigation and advocacy in the areas of voting, education, housing, and employment. She has protected the rights of people of color in the midst of some of the greatest civil rights crises of our modern times, including in Florida after the 2000 election and in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.
Joshua DuBois is the author of the bestselling book, The President’s Devotional: The Daily Readings that Inspired President Obama, and is one of our country’s leading voices on community partnerships, religion in the public square and issues impacting African American men. Joshua led the White House Office of Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships in President Obama’s first term and was called the President’s “Pastor-in-Chief” by TIME Magazine. He spearheaded the White House’s work on responsible fatherhood, grassroots community partnerships and religion in foreign affairs, and brought together religious leaders from across the ideological spectrum to tackle the nation’s biggest challenges.
On July 2, 2007, Dr. John H. Jackson became the President and CEO of The Schott Foundation for Public Education. In this role, Dr. Jackson leads the Foundation’s efforts to ensure a high quality public education for all students regardless of race or gender. Dr. Jackson joined the Schott Foundation after seven productive years in leadership positions at the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). He served as the NAACP Chief Policy Officer and prior to that as the NAACP's National Director of Education.