MelanatED Leaders

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MelanatED Leaders builds a powerful community of education leaders of color across Indianapolis to inspire, educate, and edify each other for students of color.


Our vision is that every school or entity that supports students of color is led by a leader of color at every level.

In Indianapolis, the entire education sector is excited about reform moves that promise to provide a more equitable education experience for children of color. A portion of that reform includes work around diversity, equity, and inclusion and investing in leaders of color.

With the efforts listed above, one would assume that leaders of color thrive in Indianapolis. However, communities of color lose school leaders of color at an alarming rate.

Imagine if we provided a powerful network of leaders who were built to educate each other and hold each other accountable for children.

Meet the Team

Patrick H. Jones II

Founder and Executive
Founded Indianapolis’ first all-boys charter, led a network of schools in instructional and school leader development as director of schools, Launched 5 schools in the innovation sector as the Sr. Director of School Incubation.
Super Power:
Organizational Leadership, Instructional Planning for Results

Pennie Gregory

Capacity Events Director
Coordinated special education programming at Tindley Accelerated Schools and at the district level in Indianapolis Public Schools. Currently serves as the Assistant Director of Special Services for the M.S.D. of Wayne Township.
Super Power:
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Systems to Support Inclusion