Carlon Howard is the Chief Impact Officer and Co-Founder of Equity Institute, a nonprofit organization that cultivates culturally responsive schools and communities for all learners through organizational and individual capacity building, policy development, and direct advocacy. In his role, he oversees program strategy and implementation for the organization’s premier program, the EduLead Fellowship. He also serves as Core Faculty at College Unbound where he instructs several courses and continuously works to establish meaningful learning communities. He is a social entrepreneur dedicated to exploring innovative ways to solve some of our country’s most pressing problems. In addition to helping launch the Equity Institute, he also co-founded EduLeaders of Color R.I. Now an initiative of the Equity Institute, EduLeaders of Color R.I. hosts monthly meetups designed to support education leaders from underrepresented backgrounds.
Before entering his current role with Equity Institute, Carlon was executive director of Breakthrough Providence, served as a City Year AmeriCorps member and Impact Manager, was a classroom teacher and Teach for America AmeriCorps Member, and was a policy fellow for former Colorado State Senator Mike Johnston. He graduated from the University of Georgia with undergraduate degrees in criminal justice and political science and completed his graduate degree in education from Rhode Island College. He also earned a graduate certificate in nonprofit management and leadership from the Institute of Nonprofit Practice, in affiliation with Tufts University’s Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. Carlon is an avid reader and lifelong learner who spends much of his time exploring topics related to social science and leadership.