Allie McCullen

Education Anew Fellow

Allie McCullen is the Education Anew Fellow with the Southern Education Foundation. In this role, Allie works to embed organizing as a strategy of SEF’s core body of work by facilitating conversations and collaborations between the community organizers Communities for Just Schools Fund (CJSF) supports and the researchers, educators, and district leaders SEF serves. Additionally, she works jointly with SEF and CJSF to develop a Best Practices Institute, a virtual space for grassroots community groups to develop, promote, and deliver youth-, parent-, family-, and educator-led trainings that are culturally-competent, responsive to the needs of schools, and geared toward advancing school discipline reform efforts nationwide.

Before joining SEF, Allie worked as a community organizer in Atlanta, supporting campaigns at the intersection of education, housing, and racial justice. Allie also served as a founding member and organizer of the Atlanta-based Housing Justice League and as the development coordinator for Freedom University Georgia, a community organization that provides tuition´╗┐-´╗┐free education, college application and scholarship assistance, and social movement leadership training to undocumented students banned from public higher education in Georgia

Allie earned her Master's degree in Public Policy from Georgia State University and her Bachelor's degrees in English and Women’s Studies from the University of Georgia. As a native Georgian, Allie is committed to supporting movement building toward educational and racial equity in the South because “[a]s the south goes, so goes the nation.”


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