Mike Molina's CV

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Summary Profile

With over a decade of professional experience as an education advocate and non-profit leader in diverse environments, I am deeply committed to catalyzing the potential of organizations committed to educational innovation in policy, curriculum, and partnerships. Having initially applied my Juris Doctorate to advocate and build political will for California state-wide investment in youth development and less reliance on youth incarceration, then as a national and tri-national (Canada, U.S., and Mexico) advocate for education, I went on to win a competitive fellowship to design a program of holistic family support for youth from my native New Orleans who were displaced to Atlanta as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Later, after helping launch an independent charter school where I designed an innovative parent-teacher-community network model, I directed education programs for an organization serving U.N. designated refugees. I most recently ran a wrap-around student support program for boys of color at an elite prep school, while teaching American Literature, African- American History, and Urban Studies. These work and life experiences have equipped me with broad vision and well-honed skills that have made me a versatile and team leader. I am as comfortable in the homes of wealthy donors as I am in low-income communities of color, and as effective a communicator with educators and community workers as I am with business people and policy makers. I am a uniquely skilled professional on the cusp of my prime and I am ready to help to lead a worthy organization committed to educational innovation.

Education
Yale Law School
Juris Doctor, 2002
Activities and Awards: Yale Law scholarship recipient, Yale Graduate School teaching assistant in African-American Studies and Literature, Umoja International Teaching Collective, Black Law Students Association Education Director, Malik Justice Project Organizer, Blackout New Haven Arts Collective Organizer

Xavier University of Louisiana
Bachelor of Arts, 1997
Activities and Awards: Magna Cum Laude graduate in English, Harcourt full-tuition scholarship recipient.

Qualifications and Skills
Qualifications
• Policy advocate, non-profit leader, school administrator, and educator for 15 years
• Raised over $500,000 in funding for community-based organizations and organizing campaigns
• Diverse professional experience at local, regional, and national levels
• Entrepreneurial experience in launching and building programs and institutions
• Leadership experience in educational institutions serving students from low to high SES
• Experience teaching in educational institutions from kindergarten to graduate school

Skills
• Designing curriculum and supporting high standards for instruction
• Cultivating and managing community partnerships
• Creating and delivering external communications and multi-media presentations; public speaking
• Promoting and sustaining diversity, inclusion, equity, and cultural competency
• Managing, training, and developing staff professionalism and excellence
• Grant-writing and donor cultivation

Education Administration Experience
Director of Finney-Greene Program – Gilman School, Baltimore (www.gilman.edu)
2017 – 2020
• Launch new wrap-around support program for boys from underrepresented backgrounds, 6-12th grade
• Initiate outreach and admissions efforts to attract talented boys of underrepresented backgrounds
• Manage yearly budget drawn from $1.5 million endowed fund
• Manage data collection of success metrics
• Serve on the K-12 Academic Council
• Serve on the Executive Committee for Community, Inclusion and Equity

Director of Programs – Clarkston Community Center, Clarkston, Georgia (www.clarkstoncommunitycenter.org)
2014 – 2015
• Directed educational programs serving United Nations designated refugees with a focus on diversity, inclusion, and community building among people speaking 51 different languages from over 40 nations
• Designed, developed and administered five distinct youth and adult education programs
• Designed and managed transition to “Contribution Model” of constituent investment into a previously free program to promote organizational sustainability and community buy-in
• Wrote and managed grants from federal, state, regional, and local public and private funding sources to support a $500,000 budget.

Interim Head of School—The GLOBE Academy, Atlanta (www.theglobeacademy.org)
August 2013 – 2014
• Implemented the GLOBE Academy Charter with responsibility for instruction, curriculum, staff development, policies, procedures, benchmarks, evaluation, and financial sustainability
• Designed and implemented Parent Teacher Community Council an inclusive, innovative, dynamic parent engagement model
• Planned and coordinated state and district mandated standardized testing of 400 elementary school students
• Met with Georgia State Department of Education officials to advocate for improved education policy with regard to language immersion schools in Georgia
• Cultivated mutually beneficial relationships with education stakeholders including chapters of the internationally significant Confucius Institutes.

Director of Policy and External Affairs—The GLOBE Academy, Atlanta February 2013 – August 2013
• Composed and disseminated school policy in compliance with county and state charter school policy
• Advocated for progressive charter school policy
• Developed and cultivated partnerships with local, regional, national, and international partners
• Developed and directed a growth plan for school expansion

Non-Profit Leadership Experience
National Coordinator—Quality Public School Education as a Civil Right, Atlanta (www.qecr.org)
2006-2008
• Organized a national gathering of over 100 professors, students, community advocates, and funders dedicated to promoting public education at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
• Planned and facilitated weekly organizing calls with lawyers, civil rights leaders, educators, and youth organizers
• Conducted education policy research and writing to produce cause marketing materials
• Cultivated and developed partnerships with influencers in educational institutions, state and local governments, and community-based organizations

Policy Advocate—Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, California Books Not Bars Campaign, San Francisco (www.ellabakercenter.org)
2002-2004
• Produced an education and criminal justice policy analysis report for the California state Legislative Analyst Office to inform policy decisions
• Produced policy and issue analysis for constituents and stakeholders statewide in order to build alliances
• Produced numerous external communications including press releases, media advisories, and trainings
• Designed and implemented cause marketing campaign engaging youth culture through hip hop, arts and culture

Teaching and Instruction
American Literature, African-American History, Public Policy and Urban Studies Instructor, Gilman School, Baltimore (2016 – Present)

Instructor, Media Literacy Course – Georgia State University, Crim Center for Excellence in Urban Education, Atlanta (2011-2012)

Instructor, Cultural Competency Graduate Course – Urban Accelerated Master’s Certification Program, Georgia State University, Atlanta (2010-11)

Instructor and Director, New Roots Youth Development Program – Youth Hurricane Katrina survivor education program, Atlanta and New Orleans (2008-2010)

Instructor and Program CoordinatorI—Roots Advocacy Project for Children with Incarcerated Parents, Balboa High School, San Francisco (2004-2006)

Teaching Assistant – Yale University African-American Studies Department, New Haven (2000-2002)

Selected Consulting Client List
NeighborWorks www.nw.org
Facilitator and Workshop design, Southern Regional Leadership Institute

Rebuild the Dream
Southern Regional coordinator of ArtStrike National Digital Media Campaign that generated 11 million individual media impressions

New Orleans Mayor’s Office
Arts Education Advisor, Post-Katrina Education Task Force

Southern Partner’s Fund www.spfund.org
Facilitator and Cultural Event Coordinator, Young Leaders for Change

Southern Education Foundation www.southerneducation.org Presenter, Southern Education Leadership Initiative

City of Decatur, Georgia
Community Relations coordinator, Cultural Arts Master Plan

Smithsonian National African American Heritage Museum
Planning Group Facilitator, National Black Arts Festival

Green for All www.greenforall.org
Cultural Track Coordinator, Dream Reborn Conference

People for the American Way www.pfaw.org
Curriculum design and facilitation, Young People For National Summit

Youth for Environmental Sanity www.yesworld.org
Coordinator and Facilitator, Leveraging Privilege for Social Change

Selected Public Speaking and Presentation 
Collective Action and Organizing Workshop Series – Bryn Mawr School, Spring 2016 – Spring 2018 

Martin Luther King Day Convocation Featured Speaker – Roland Park Country School, January 2017
Diversity and Equity Workshop Series – Garrison Forest School, December 2015 – January 2016
Presenter – Sources of Educational Excellence Conference, May 2015
Interview – “Using the Arts to Foster Social Change”, Let’s Talk Good Biz National Radio Show, May 2015
Interview – “New Orleans Post-Katrina Migration to Atlanta”, Georgia Public Radio, May 2015 Leadership Workshop – University of Johannesburg Department of Education, August 2014 Featured Presenter - National Association of Multi-Cultural Education Conference, Atlanta Featured Presenter - National Geographic Education, Crossing Cultural Borders Documentary Film Workshop and Presentation - St. Joseph's International School, Kerala, India
Panelist and Presenter - American Studies Association National Conference, San Antonio
Key Note Address - Regional Forum for Education, Guatemala City
Keynote Address - NAACP West Coast Regional Conference, San Diego
Master of Ceremonies - Threshold Foundation Fundraising Event, New Orleans
Master of Ceremonies - Youth for Environmental Sanity Generation of Hope Fundraiser, San Francisco
Featured Presenter - Advancement Project 10th Anniversary Gala, Washington D.C. Featured Presenter - Southern Partners Fund Youth Leadership Gathering, Atlanta Presenter - World Social Forum, Porto Alegre, Brazil

Publications and Writings
Blowout Consciousness: Lessons in Cultural Organizing from New Orleans
Book (2018)

New Voices Policy Victories
Fundraising Document (2010)

New Voices Publishing Collective
Business Prospectus (2010)

The Good Shepherd: Sustaining Youth Organizing
Multi-media Presentation (2010)