Education is Freedom Launches Search for next Chief Executive Officer
The board of Education is Freedom (“EIF”) seeks a transformational CEO to build upon the organization’s twenty-year record of success and steward efforts forward into its next chapter. Led by Marcia Page, who will retire after fourteen years as CEO, EIF historically focused on college access work for students growing up in poverty and will evolve to provide a progression of long-term supports ensuring students obtain a postsecondary credential and enter living-wage careers. Recent innovative Texas state legislation, as well as significant national philanthropic funding, positions EIF to capitalize upon the opportunities provided by the passage of those policies and become a true economic mobility agent for students and families in Dallas County.
The need is urgent with potential for tremendous impact. Dallas County currently ranks eighth in the nation in child and young adult poverty despite being a national leader in job growth. In a county where 17% of graduates currently earn postsecondary credentials, if every Dallas County high school graduate earned at least an Associates degree, total lifetime earnings for each annual cohort would increase by over $13 billion.
Aligned with a growing coalition of Dallas County organizations seeking to increase the county’s living wage attaining for young people (age 24-35), EIF has a strong foundation in three major districts educating roughly 40% of county students. The organization directly supports 19,000 high school students overall and represents one the largest provider of college and career access supports in the state with the goal to expand its reach to ultimately serve the vast majority of Dallas County.