Leaders from across the Martindale-Brightwood community connected with KIPP Indy Public Schools staff members.

During orientation this year, KIPP Indy staff members had the opportunity to meet and learn from prominent community leaders. Each of these leaders is deeply committed to the Martindale-Brightwood neighborhood and has extensive knowledge about our community’s rich history and its many assets. Staff members were able to learn about opportunities to engage more deeply with the community as well as how to utilize existing resources from the community to support our students and families. We are so thankful for Barato Britt, Lamont Hulse, and Shirley Alexander support and engagement.

Barato Britt

Mr. Britt currently serves as the Deputy Executive Director of Programs for the Edna Martin Christian Center (EMCC). EMCC provides wrap around services for over 3,000 low-income families in urban Indianapolis. Mr. Britt is responsible for the operations, program management, and staff development for all EMCC ministries and outreach. Prior to joining EMCC, Mr. Britt worked as a site manager for The Princeton Review where he managed programs that served over 300 youth in Indianapolis Public Schools. Additionally, Mr. Britt has worked to help shape the Indiana education reform dialogue, having served as the Executive Director for the Indiana Chapter of the Black Alliance for Educational Options and as the Communications Director for the Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation.

Lamont Hulse

Before joining Early Learning Indiana in 2015, Mr. Hulse spent many years preparing to serve the Partnerships for Early Learners. Mr. Hulse led Making Connections Indianapolis, which was a partnership between the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the Central Indiana Community Foundation (CICF), where he also served as CICF’s Director of Community Collaborations. Earlier, Mr. Hulse directed Bridges to Success, a community schools partnership between the United Way of Central Indiana and Indianapolis Public Schools. He also was the Executive Director of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Resource Center and the Associate Director of the Polis Center at IUPUI. Mr. Hulse is an active volunteer with several Indianapolis communities.

Shirley Alexander

Mrs. Alexander is married to Pastor Frank Alexander, senior Pastor of Oasis of Hope Baptist Church. They have been married for 46 years and have two sons, and three daughters, Cedric, Frank, Nicole, Charisse, and Michelle, and six grandchildren. Mrs. Alexander served for forty years in the education field where she led the research and implementation of strategies to close the academic achievement gap in Perry Township Schools. Prior to her time in Perry Township Schools, Mrs. Alexander worked with families devastated by alcoholism, incest, drug addiction, neglect, abuse, and crime.