Reform: TFA Spinoff Adds Leadership, Policy, Communications Staff*
The independent TFA spinoff known as Leadership for Educational Equality Equity (LEE)* has been quietly staffing up the past few months, including not only former Bennet and Obama staffer Joy Silvern but also former TFA LA executive director Brian Johnson and communications guru -- yes, communications -- Michael Amodeo.
*Based in LA, Johnson briefly ran the Larchmont Charter School network, then ran for state assembly in 2011 and lost in a closely-contested (and well-financed) race.
*Based in DC, policy wonk Silvern has worked on campaigns and Capitol Hill for Bennet and Obama. (Yay, legislative experience!)
LEE is still only open to TFA alumni (regardless of beliefs or political views), and its accomplishments thus far in terms of recruiting successful candidates for office remain modest. The public portion of its website remains frustratingly spare (annual tax reports, anyone?). But the combination of additional staff and a broadening of the focus of the effort (to include local leadership positions) and new programs (summer fellowships, etc.) to let folks dip their feet in advocacy before jumping into a heated political race shows that something's happening.