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Mimi Lufkin

National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity
Chief Executive Officer

Mimi Lufkin has over 30 years of experience as an educator and as an administrator of local and state level projects in California and Pennsylvania. Mimi began her career as high school agricultural education teacher in Etna, California and then as a teacher educator in the Agriculture Education Department at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Leaving the classroom she became the executive director of an economic development agency providing services to low income women pursuing entrepreneurship and was then recruited to College of the Siskiyous as the Director of Development.

In 1994, Mimi moved to Pennsylvania and became the Executive Director of the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity, a consortium of state and local education and workforce agencies providing national leadership for equity in education and workforce development. In this capacity she reviews and analyzes federal legislation, conducts professional development activities and provides technical assistance to state agencies and local educational agencies. She works closely with states to share best practices for serving special population students and developing and analyzing accountability data to determine their progress and outcomes. At the federal level Mimi works with other national organizations to advocate for equity in all federal legislation including the Workforce Investment Act, Welfare, No Child Left Behind, Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, and Perkins, to name a few.

In 2007, the NAPE Education Foundation received a $2.5 million, five year grant from the National Science Foundation. Mimi also serves as Chief Executive Officer of the NAPE Education Foundation and the project director for the STEM Equity Pipeline project.