T. Morgan Dixon is Co-Founder and CEO of GirlTrek, the largest public health non-profit for Black women and girls in the U.S. that is building a movement of one million Black women walking daily. Morgan is a relentless street-organizer who is deeply inspired by her family and the philosophies of women like Ella Baker and Septima Clark.
Prior to co-founding GirlTrek, Morgan was on the front lines of education reform. She served as director of leadership development for Achievement First, the largest charter school networks in New York City where she trained and supported 23 school principals. Before Achievement First, Morgan directed the development and start-up of six public schools in NYC for St. Hope and the Urban Assembly – two organizations funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Morgan began her career with Teach For America as a high school history teacher in Atlanta, GA, and later served as a vice principal in Newark, NJ.
With GirlTrek, Morgan has been a featured on CNN, in The Washington Post, The New York Times and named a “Health Hero” by Essence Magazine. Morgan has received social innovations fellowships from Teach For America (2012), Echoing Green (2013), Ashoka (2014) and the Aspen Institute (2015). Morgan earned a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Southern California, a Master of Education Policy and Leadership at Seton Hall and currently serves on the Boards of Trustees for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and Teach for Haiti.
While at SICI, Morgan and Vanessa will further their work by leading a two-day summit that will leverage the legacy of classic organizing efforts and examine where innovation is required to advance community leadership and health advocacy. On campus, they will invite local community groups, faculty, and students to participate in and help shape the summit.