Jeannette Bradley, Activist
Jeannette Bradley, Founder
What We Could Be Exchange, Inc.
I left corporate America in 2003 to create "What We Could Be" in order to work directly with black and brown students to close the achievement gap. Formerly What We Could Be, Inc. (2006), now relaunched as What We Could Be Exchange, Inc. (2018), we've expanded our vision to include closing the economic gap in impoverished communities through community-wide engagement where we work through systemic challenges impacting the community at-large.
We began this process back in 2008-2009, when I partnered with Diana Kyle, Earth Force, former educator, to work with the principal, staff and students at Blake High School. We set out to change students' mindsets so they themselves could transform Blake's culture toward their new-found shared vision to become an "A-School". Within a year of implementing the community-driven Principals Special Forces Team (PSFT), Blake High School emerged from a "D-school" three years running into an "A-School" for the first and only time in its 19-year history of recording state test results.
From 2012-2017, as Consultant and later CEO, I worked to reorganize local nonprofit Tampa Hillsborough Action Plan (THAP) bringing it out of obscurity to being named "Nonprofit of the Year" by WEDU in 2017.
Today, I set my sights on supporting and engaging all members of our community in a variety of ways towards one shared vision - "A-School Communities". I measure success not by monetary size, but by more quantitative and qualitative measurements such as the scale and effectiveness of our collective efforts in achieving (1) Clean, Safe Neighborhoods; (2) Grassroots Leadership; (3) Sustainable Business and Entertainment Districts; and, of course (4) Great Schools.
Just imagine what we can achieve together!
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