Isaiah McGee is the Director of Leadership, Equity and School Climate for the Core Collaborative and a trusted subcontractor for West Wind.
Through December 2021, Isaiah served as a Senior Equity Facilitator with West Wind Education Policy Inc., where he ran leadership and professional development programs to help educators implement Cycles of Equity Improvement. Isaiah was instrumental in the launch of West Wind’s Educational Equity Resources Portal. He also supported the nonprofit Creative Corridor Center for Equity in designing its programming to help diversify the education workforce by race and ethnicity and provided coaching and consulting support through the Harvard RIDES Institute.
A South Los Angeles native, Isaiah is a former social studies and special education teacher and football coach for over a decade. After serving as a teacher and coach, Isaiah was interim director of the Iowa Department of Human Rights which advocates for underrepresented citizens, improves the criminal and juvenile justice system, and addresses issues facing low-income families by bringing resources to the community level through Community Action Agencies and other community-based organizations.
Isaiah next served as a policy and equity consultant at the Iowa Department of Education, where he helped design and pass the largest education reform bill in the state of Iowa including drafting two key pieces that led to the bill’s passage: creating a statewide measure of school quality and providing access to alternative schooling. Isaiah also assisted in the redesign of the statewide equity and accreditation visits and was the Department’s representative on a number of task forces and committees.
After this assignment, Isaiah was Equity Coordinator and Human Resource Specialist for Diversity in the Des Moines Public Schools, the largest school district in the state of Iowa. Isaiah also served as an adjunct professor at Drake University and an Equal Opportunity Specialist at Iowa State University.
Isaiah is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) which specializes in the assessment and development of intercultural competence. Isaiah is also one of the first recipients of the Professional Human Capital Leader in Education (pHCLE) certification through the American Association of School Personnel Administrators and Battelle for Kids. In addition to being a trained facilitator and mediator in cultural conflicts, Isaiah has designed and taught college courses in Cultural Proficiency.
Isaiah is currently working on his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, Organization, and Policy Studies at Iowa State University, having earned his M.A. from Drake University and B.A. from Cornell College.