Kwesi Rollins coordinates IEL's portfolio of programs designed to develop and support leaders including the Education Policy Fellowship Program, which operates in 13 states and the District of Columbia; The Cleveland First Ring Superintendent's project which entails development and implementation of a professional development curriculum for school leaders in 15 school districts; the Leadership Learning Community DC Learning Circle Initiative, which connects a diverse group of leadership development practitioners, grant-makers, and thought leaders who identify successful practices, conduct research, evaluate current leadership efforts, and exchange information and tools.
Additionally, Kwesi directs the Early Childhood Community Schools Linkages Project, Funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, The Linkages Project is designed to demonstrate strategic linkages between quality comprehensive early childhood opportunities and effective community schools that lead to better results for vulnerable children, and lay a foundation for success in school and life. Linkages Project pilot sites include Tulsa, OK; Portland, OR and Albuquerque, NM. Prior to the Linkages Project, Kwesi supported the Kellogg Foundation's early childhood initiative, SPARK (Supporting Partnerships to Assure Ready Kids), providing assistance in leadership development, parent involvement and community capacity building. Before SPARK, Kwesi supported the Kellogg Leadership for Community Change initiative, an effort designed to develop diverse community leadership that works across boundaries - geographic, racial, cultural, class, or faith - by mobilizing collective action to improve local conditions and the quality of life.