Tenicka is the Director of Organizing for StudentsFirstNY. She joined StudentsFirstNY from the Obama Administration, where she served at the U.S. Department of Education in the White House Office of Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Tenicka joined the Administration as Assistant to the Executive Director of the U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness.
Previously, she spent years as an organizer: in Flint, Michigan, as Lead Community Organizer for Flint Area Congregations Together and as an organizer for the Obama campaign in 2008; and in Alexandria, Virginia as Regional Healthcare Reform Organizer for Tenants and Workers United, where she helped build a statewide coalition in support of progressive healthcare reform.
Tenicka earned a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Tennessee State University and a Masters of Science in U.S. History and Public Policy from the University of Michigan. She resides in Brooklyn with her family.
Dr. Howard Fuller
Dr. Fuller is the chair and co-founder of the Black Alliance for Educational Options (BAEO). He is regarded as the nation’s most influential African-American spokesman for school choice. During his tenure as the superintendent of the Milwaukee Public School District (1991-1995), the city started the first publicly- funded school voucher program in the nation. This program grew from 350 voucher students in seven private schools in 1990 to 15,000 in 110 private schools by 2006.
In 1995, Dr. Fuller founded the Institute for the Transformation of Learning at Marquette University. The institute organized an important 1999 meeting of 150 Black educators and parents, which led to the creation of the BAEO the following year.
Dr. Fuller passionately argues that educational choice reforms are essential for the African-American community to take advantage of the opportunities made possible by the civil rights movement. “We can sit down at the lunch counter, but our kids can’t read the menu,” he told Baton Rouge, Louisiana’s Advocate newspaper in 2007.
A community organizer in Durham, North Carolina, Dr. Fuller founded the short-lived Malcolm X Liberation University.
Latasha Gandy is the Executive Director of Students for Education Reform – Minnesota (SFER-Minn). Latasha co-founded and co-led SFER’s chapter at Metropolitan State University from 2012 until she graduated magna cum laude in the spring of 2013. As Executive Director, Latasha’s leads SFER-Minn work with a passion for organizing to build political and social capital that will allow community members access to the halls of power such as local school boards, the state house, and beyond. Her responsibilities include recruiting, training, and leading student coalition’s campaigns, as well as building strategic relationships between student organizers and elected officials, community partners and donors.
Latasha attended St. Paul Public Schools as a teenager. She is also the mother of two daughters, age 12 and 8, who attend Harvest Prep.