Meet the Fellows - Jonathan Smith Leon, Director Regional Impact - Georgia, Leadership for Educational Equity
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Jonathan is a father, husband, and community advocate working everyday to change laws and policies so every child has access to opportunity. As a nonprofit leader, educator, and civic engagement specialist, he currently serves as the Director of Regional Impact with Leadership for Educational Equity in Georgia. A Rochester, NY, native, Jonathan credits his upbringing and commitment to civic engagement to the values instilled by his family and particularly his grandfather a local pastor in the community.
Jonathan moved to Atlanta in 2011 after graduating from Syracuse University with BA in Political Science, African American Studies, and Religion. As a Teach for America Corps Member, Jonathan served in Atlanta Public Schools as an elementary teacher. During his classroom and school leadership experience, Jonathan graduated from Georgia State University with a Master’s in Teaching, was a community organizer, sports coach, and mentor. Jonathan is expecting his Master’s in Public Administration from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University in 2018.
As an active and engaged community member, Jonathan has organized teachers and families as a leader with O.N.E. Atlanta. He is also a board member of the BE Gr8 Foundation, based in New York City, and Senior Eats Atlanta, a local nonprofit dedicated to ensuring senior citizens have access to healthy and affordable food options. In addition, Jonathan serves on the board of Young Democrats of Atlanta and works with South Fulton Democrats.
An active brother of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., when he is not engaging communities or organizing he is traveling, working out, and enjoying time with his son Jayden and wife Breonna.
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