The Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference exists to create a forum for leaders in education reform. We seek to create a constructive dialogue about how leadership skills applied to the education sector can be used to solve the most pressing and complex challenges in public education.

From its modest beginnings in 2007, The Yale School of Management Education Leadership Conference has grown to be a nationally recognized forum for education reform. The ELC is an annual two-day conference focused on convening the nation’s leaders in education reform. Through panels, networking, conversations, and workshops, our speakers, attendees, presenters, and keynotes create a community that helps build urgency in working toward student success and system-wide progress.

The ELC is sponsored and run by the Yale School of Management Education Club. Each year, 20+ Yale School of Management students work from early in the school year to conceptualize, plan, and realize the spring conference. The 2019 conference will mark our 13th anniversary.
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Matthew Gonzales

New York Appleseed
Director, School Diversity Project

Matt Gonzales is an educator, an advocate, and a policy analyst. He is Director of the School Diversity Project for New York Appleseed, a non-profit social justice center that advocates for integrated schools and communities in New York City and State. He coordinates a citywide coalition of advocates called the NYC Alliance for School Integration and Desegregation (ASID). He is the Policy Coach for the youth advocacy group IntegrateNYC, and works directly with NYC school and district leaders supporting their efforts towards integration. Matt sits on Mayor de Bill Blasio’s School Diversity Advisory Group, a group tasked with making recommendations on citywide integration. He is a former special education teacher at Bancroft Middle School in Los Angeles, and earned his Masters in Education Policy from Teachers College, Columbia University in 2016. He earned his Bachelor's in Urban Education and a Special Education Teaching Credential from California State University, Los Angeles.