LaFonda Willis, BBA, MA, MAT, is the Founder & CEO of Institute for Equity and Excellence in Public Education. Ms. Willis is also the Education Chair for the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) DC Branch, Education Chair for the National African-American Drug Policy Coalition (NAADPC) – DC Chapter, Parliamentarian for the Ward 5 Education Council, and Devotion to Community Chair for the University of Miami Alumni Club - DC Canes Chapter. Before launching IEEPE, LaFonda was a Administrator (Dean of Students) for DC Public Schools.
Prior to transitioning to Educational Administration, Ms. Willis was an Educator at John Greenleaf Whittier Education Campus in Northwest, Washington, DC. Ms. Willis was rated a Highly-Effective Educator and Administrator by District of Columbia Public Schools. LaFonda Willis was awarded the Dr. Paul Phillip Cooke Award from the University of the District of Columbia - Center for Urban Education, for her demonstrated commitment to diversity, excellence, and transformation in Urban Education. In 2015, both DCPS Teachers and Students nominated Ms. LaFonda Willis “LifeChanger of the Year”.
LaFonda Willis has a Masters in Teaching from the University of the District of Columbia’s Center for Urban Education, a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice, from the University of Toledo (OH), and a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Miami (FL). Ms. Willis has also completed educational programs at American University in Washington, DC, The University of Ghana – East Legon, in Ghana, West Africa, and Oxford University in Exeter, England.