Working in the classroom helped me understand the challenges students, families, and teachers face in ways that I never anticipated. My students and their families motivate me to make our public education system better in any way that I can. My dream is that every single child feels safe and loved in a school that nurtures their talents and goals, so that ultimately, they can live a life of their own choosing.
Originally from Houston, Texas, Lily Brown earned a B.A. in Government and minors in Education and Business from Cornell University. Subsequently, she joined Teach for America and became an Indianapolis Public Schools Pre-K teacher in Haughville. During that time, she earned a master’s in teaching with a concentration in Early Childhood Education from Marian University and became the Manager of her school’s Pre-K program. After leaving the classroom, Lily joined the Urban Leaders Fellowship in Indianapolis, where she worked with the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance and the Mayor’s Office of Education Innovation, focusing on early childhood education policy in Marion County. Lily is RISE INDY’s Project Assistant, providing support across the organization with communications, research and data, organizing, development, and administration.