Mikal Anderson is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Prototype Entities – an equity focused management consulting firm that delivers solutions to maximize the educational and economic outcomes of underserved populations. He also is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Equity in Education (EE) – a national nonprofit organization focused on improving the academic, professional, and economic outcomes of people of color and those who are from lowincome backgrounds.
As a seasoned educational practitioner and consultant, he has witnessed and encountered first-hand the complex issues that perpetuate educational inequity and poverty within urban communities. He holds the knowledge of decades of national reforms aimed at improving the quality of teaching, increasing accountability for districts and schools, and creating more and better choices for families through the creation of new schools and investments in human capital. More specifically, he manages relationships between universities and K-12 institutions to enhance teacher preparation and community-based programs, guides partnerships between local educational agencies and the private sector in the areas of career and technical education and workforce development, and supports educational organizations with their diversity and inclusion initiatives, strategic planning, talent acquisition and management, talent development, program evaluation and instructional processes.
During his tenure in New Orleans, Anderson served on the YouthForce NOLA Steering Committee where he worked collaboratively with systems leaders from Orleans Parish School Board and the Recovery School District to strategize and implement school redesign efforts related to career and technical education in alignment to Louisiana’s Jump Start Graduation Pathways. In addition, he consulted and thought partnered with leaders at the state-wide Recovery School District on strategies to revise the OneApp enrollment process; and make school selection procedures more inclusive of the diverse array of programs offered in New Orleans, rather than a system driven by entire schools as the units of selection. Anderson also led efforts with colleagues at the Recovery School District and national consultants to codify best practices in special education and generate a blueprint to ensure quality instruction and services for special needs populations in all New Orleans public schools. Prior to his work in New Orleans, he served in numerous instructional, cultural, and supervisory roles as an educational practitioner in the Philadelphia area.
Anderson is a second generation graduate of The Episcopal Academy located in Newtown Square, Pennsylvania. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, a Master of Education in Secondary Education from Temple University, a Certificate in Education Policy and Program Evaluation as well as an Executive Certificate in Nonprofit Management from the McCourt School of Public Policy at Georgetown University, and currently is a doctoral student in the Global Executive Doctor in Education program at the University of Southern California Rossier School of Education. Additionally, he has completed graduate studies in Special Education at Saint Joseph’s University and is a licensed trainer in the Restorative Practices model credentialed through the International Institute for Restorative Practices.