Unrealized Impact is a groundbreaking study of staff experience, workplace practices, and demographics across the education sector.

Why This Study

In 2016, Frances Messano (Managing Partner - NewSchools Venture Fund) and the authors, Xiomara Padamsee (CEO - Promise54) and Becky Crowe (Senior Adviser - Bellwether Education Partners), brought together a group of education funders to underwrite a rigorous study of the state of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the sector.

While this group perceived a near-universal awareness of the lack of diversity within education organizations, no one had yet taken on a field-level research project to quantify the issue in aggregate.

That research is now complete, and we are excited to release the findings. Our strong hope is that this study inspires our colleagues within education organizations of all types to recognize diversity, equity, and inclusion as a source of unrealized impact and commit to progress as an organizational imperative.


In the News...

Announcing the Launch of Promise54a nonprofit talent solutions provider for the education sector 
NewSchools Venture Fund...New Report: Most Comprehensive Study Ever Done on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Education Sector
Philanthropy News Digest...Education Sector Needs Work on Diversity, Equity, Study Finds
NewSchools Blog...Unrealized Impact: New Study on Diversity, Equity & Inclusion in Education
Charter Board Partners...It's Time For Those Difficult Conversations

Take the Surveys
We invite you to take one or both of the surveys used in this study. By participating, you are contributing your organization’s data to the field-wide data set. In addition, you will receive complimentary, detailed reports comparing your organization's results with those of similar organizations.
Announcing Promise54
The tremendous response to the Unrealized Impact study, along with a passion for seeing diverse teams thrive, has prompted Xiomara Padamsee (co-author of the research report) and Monisha Lozier to launch a new organization - Promise54.
DEI Resources

Visit our resources page, where you can download Unrealized Impact reports and presentations, watch the video of the 2017 NewSchools Summit presentation, and download sample survey participant reports.

Sign up to join the community, receive updates about news and events, and learn how to use the surveys in your organization.

Contact email: deisurvey@promise54.org

Interested in having an Unrealized Impact presentation at your conference?

Contact us at info@promise54.org to join the growing list of conferences featuring the Unrealized Impact study:

NewSchools Venture FundEdLoCDiverse Charter Schools Convening, 826 National Convening, College Track National Leadership, Grantmakers for EducationNational Black Male Educators Convening, Make Your Mark Denver, and iNACOL.
The People Behind the Study
Numerous individuals contributed to this study, including the over 5,000 teachers, staff members, leaders, and administrators who shared their experiences, perceptions, challenges, and suggestions via the surveys.
The Authors
Xiomara Padamsee is the founder and CEO of Promise54. She formerly led the Talent Advising practice - including the diversity, inclusion, and equity service offering - as a partner and member of the management team at Bellwether Education Partners . Xiomara has been working in education reform and human capital for 20 years, including roles as a leader in Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital Group and as Vice President, management team member, and founder of Teach For America’s first national talent team.
Becky Crowe has spent more than 20 years pursuing educational equity as a social entrepreneur, education strategy consultant, and philanthropy adviser. Becky co-founded Bellwether Education Partners’ Talent Advising practice. Becky is the former Executive Director of Partners in School Innovation. She previously held roles at the Bay Area School Reform Collaborative and as a research project director at Stanford University.
Other key contributors to the study included Angela Cobb, Lyle Hurst, Atalie Jacobs, Erin Trent Johnson, Leslye Louie, Tanya Paperny and Lauren Schwartze.
The Foundation Working Group
Frances Messano led the Foundation Working Group. She is a managing partner at NewSchools Venture Fund, where she co-leads the diverse leaders strategy. Prior to this, Frances was a vice president at Teach For America, where she led the organization through its long-range strategic planning process. She was also an associate partner at Monitor Institute where she focused her consulting practice on helping education organizations scale their impact through strategy development and organizational design. Frances has focused on diversity and equity related issues throughout her career.
The Foundations
The study benefited from an active, 13-person Foundation Working Group. Members included Jen Holleran and Darnell Cadette from Chan Zuckerberg Initiative; Deborah McGriff and Elise Smith from NewSchools Venture Fund; Lindsay Hill from Raikes Foundation; Julie Mikuta and Grace Yi from Schusterman Family Foundation; and Kristi Anderson, Marisa Bold, Emma Pengelly, and Melinda Wright from Walton Family Foundation.


The Advisory Panel
We are indebted to the 26 members of our advisory panel who infused this process with compelling insights and fresh perspectives based on decades of experience leading organizations and modeling excellent practices around diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Charter Management Organization  Leaders/Charter Operators  
De-Lea Deane-Allen,
Achievement First 
Frances Teso,
Voices College-Bound  Language Academies 
Greg White,
LEARN Charter School Network 
Kara Bobroff,
Native American Community Academy/NACA Inspired Schools Network
Roblin J. Webb, Freedom Preparatory Academy

Education Technology Leaders
Jonah Kagan,

District Leaders
Mónica Vasquez, 
Alliance College-Ready Public Schools  (formerly of San Francisco Unified School District) 
Chris Barbic, 
Laura and John Arnold Foundation (formerly of the Achievement School District)

Research Advisers
Maggie Potapchuk, 
MP Associates
Dr. Jason Javier-Watson, Penn Graduate School of Education

Nonprofit/Organization Leaders
Amanda Fernandez,
Latinos for Education
Anne Eidelman, Blue Engine 
Carmita Semaan,
Surge Institute
Elisa Villanueva Beard, Teach For America
Frances McLaughlin, formerly of  Education Pioneers
Ify Offor Walker, Offor Walker Group
Jean Desravines, New Leaders
Jonathan Klein, GO Public Schools
Jonathan Schorr, independent consultant
Justin Cohen, writer
Layla Avila, Education Leaders of Color
Marilyn Rhames, writer
Melinda Spooner, Achievement Network
Sid Smith, Discourse Analytics
Thaly Germain, Equity Partners
Veronica Palmer, RISE Colorado


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