Mikelle Willis
Chief People Officer

In her current role as Chief People Officer Mikelle is responsible for driving the organization's vision and strategy for the talent function as Leading Educators grows into a thriving organization of over fifty staff members. Specifically, Mikelle designs and executes Leading Educator’s talent acquisition strategy to ensure strong and diverse candidate pools, builds the capacity of leaders across the organization and contributes to a staff culture rooted in equity and inclusion by providing opportunities for personal and professional development.

Most recently, Mikelle served as Chief Strategy and Operating Officer at the Partnership for LA Schools. Previously, she spent over ten years leading with KIPP in several capacities including, middle school principal, Director of New Site Expansion and Senior Director of Principal Development. She started her career in education as a Teach for America corps member in the Los Angeles region. Mikelle earned her BS in Business Administration from California State University, Long Beach; her MA in Education from National Louis University; and her MBA from Pepperdine University.