Community Engagement Partners

Community Engagement Partners (CEP) supports education organizations and leaders to partner with their local communities to create and sustain great schools

“As currently configured, education reform’s roots may be shallow, because it has been propelled too frequently not from the bottom but from the top, often leaving parents and community members with the feeling captured by this report’s title, that education reform has been done not with them, but to them… no such movement can succeed without the support and engagement of its intended beneficiaries.”

          Dr. Michael L. Lomax, President & CEO, UNCF


We believe that the change necessary to ensure that every child has access to a high-quality school is only possible and sustainable when those most impacted by educational inequity are partners in the work and decision making. Community Engagement Partners (CEP)* supports education organizations and leaders as they partner with and learn from their local communities with the goal of creating and sustaining great schools.


To learn more about what we believe and our approach to the work, read the publication From Tokenism to Partnership written by our Executive Director, Charles McDonald. 


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*Community Engagement Partners (CEP) is an initiative of Education Cities.

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Charles McDonald

Charles McDonald is the Executive Director for Community Engagement Partners (an initiative of Education Cities), a national nonprofit that builds the capacity of education organizations to partner with their local communities to create and sustain great schools.

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Rebecca Weinberg Jones

Rebecca Weinberg Jones is the Deputy Director of Community Engagement Partners (an initiative of Education Cities). Prior to joining CEP, Becca was an Associate Partner at Education Cities where she supported the organization’s advising services to its network members...

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Kevin Leslie

Kevin Leslie provides finance and operations support to Education Cities and its two new initiatives: Community Engagement Partners and School Board Partners. Before joining Education Cities, Kevin worked as an Information Services Librarian at Rhodes College in Memphis...

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