The Institute for Educational Leadership names Eddie Koen as

Washington, DC, 09 Feb. 28, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — The Board of Trustees of the Institute for Educational Leadership (IEL) is pleased to announce the appointment of Eddie L. Koen as the organization’s new president. Koen brings executive leadership experience from organizations across the country that work with communities to strengthen their positive impact on the education and workforce sectors. Koen comes to IEL from his position as President and CEO of the Greater Southwest Ohio Urban League.

“We are thrilled to have such a dynamic and visionary president with experience as a nonprofit funder and community leader to advance the work of our organization. Eddie has worked successfully to close access and achievement gaps in education and workforce development across the country. He understands the sensitivity and urgency of our work to catalyze community leadership and inspire equitable futures for youth and families,” said IEL Board Chair Karen L. Mapp.

At Urban League of Greater Southwestern Ohio, Koen expanded the organization’s impact to serve more than 40,000 people and launched his new Center for Social Justice. Prior to Urban League, Koen served as director of impact at Mile High United Way in Denver, chief of staff at Denver Public Schools, and founding regional executive director of College Track Colorado.

“I have dedicated my career to this work of building leadership within communities to create positive and equitable outcomes, and I am passionate about continuing this work at the national level with IEL, especially as we continue to experiencing an increased climate around issues of racial justice and community engagement,” Koen said. “As the first Black or Indigenous person of color and the youngest person to lead IEL since its founding in 1964, I see a great opportunity to continue the organization’s founding mission and strive for even greater impact. in addressing the impacts of racial inequality and systemic racism in the communities we serve across America.

IEL supports and builds the capacity of community leaders, cultivating networks of local movement builders who advocate for the transformation of education, workforce and accessibility systems to advance racial healing and justice , disability inclusion and economic equity in more than 400 communities. We do this by partnering with disadvantaged communities to equip leaders to better prepare children, youth, adults, and families for post-secondary education and training, rewarding careers, and civic engagement. and community.

“The entire organization is thrilled to welcome Eddie’s passionate leadership, and I look forward to working with Eddie as he outlines his vision for IEL’s future,” said Sara A. Sneed, Vice -president of the board of directors of IEL.

Koen starts at IEL on February 14. To learn more about IEL and its work, please visit


Janice G. Ball