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Megan Hester


Megan Hester has worked in the education justice movement for more two decades as a parent organizer, trainer and researcher. She started in the field as a parent organizer with Central Brooklyn Churches and ACORN, and subsequently worked as an anti-oppression trainer with the National Conference for Community and Justice. She joined the Annenberg Institute for School Reform as the organizer for Brooklyn-Queens 4 Education, one of the founding collaboratives of the NYC Coalition for Educational Justice (CEJ). At Annenberg, Megan provided data, research, policy, trainings and strategic support to CEJ and other education organizing groups across New York City.  Her areas of focus have been transformative parent engagement, community schools, charter schools and privatization, culturally responsive-sustaining education and building community power. She received a bachelors degree in Latino Studies and Economics from Columbia University and a masters degree in American Studies from the CUNY Graduate Center.  She is the proud mom of two daughters who attend NYC public schools.