Meet Joan Leslie, our new team member


In Joan's Words

I am a Harlem, NY native and a Dartmouth College 2012 grad. I studied government and history in college and was heavily involved in social justice initiatives on campus. Throughout high school and college, I established mentoring programs, linking seniors with incoming students. I also served as a intern at the Bronx Center for Math and Science, teaching Geography, Civics, and U.S. History through the Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) program. I have always sought opportunities to empower young people to set the bar high when dreaming about their future: high enough to continue climbing but strategically enough to recognize their growth and potential on the way up.  

I wanted to be a part of an organization that aims to bring sustainable solutions to public educations disparities. If our children are provided equal access to quality education, they have a greater chance of succeeding and breaking the cycle that all too often funnels children raised in poverty through a school to prison pipeline. I am determined to redirect the flow of injustice towards a direction that leads towards hope, promise, and excellence for the future leaders of our communities, states, and nation.

An interesting fact about Joan

She's a spoken word artist who aims to galvanize the artistic community around issues of systemic injustices facing marginalized populations.

We asked Joan to complete the sentence, "I move public education forward..."

I move public education forward by bringing the community facts its members need to know in order to make informed decisions related to public education.

Upcoming Event

School Board Primary Elections

Four seats on the seven-member School Board are up for election this year. Learn about the candidates in our Advocacy Center so you can make an informed choice.

  • Date: Tuesday, Aug 18, 2020
  • Time: 7:00AM to 7:00PM
  • Where: Your Polling Place
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2019 Education Poll

Support for half-penny for schools 

In JPEF's 2019 Public Perceptions Poll, the Jacksonville community said once again they would support a small tax for schools.

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Renaming Schools

You can help offset the costs of renaming six public schools that honor Confederates in their names.

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