Jocelyn R. McDaniel
Teach For America, Director, Federal Funding

Jocelyn R. McDaniel is a passionate social equity strategist, writer and speaker. Her life’s mission is to end the cycle of generational poverty by working at the intersection of a number of different social policy areas such as racial justice, economic justice, education equity and criminal justice. She currently works at Teach For America, an organization dedicated to making sure all students in our nation receive access to high quality education, as the Director, Federal Funding. In addition to her work at Teach For America, she is also re-launching her own social equity firm in the Spring of 2019.

Jocelyn graduated from the University of Arkansas with a double degree in Political Science and Communications and earned a Masters Degree in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Jocelyn found her calling for leadership and service at the University of Arkansas where she served her campus community by participating in student government and leading in many campus-based organizations as either President or Vice President. Notably, she has also served as the International 2nd Vice President for America’s first black greek lettered sorority, positioning her as the 3rd highest ranking officer for an organization of over 280,000 black women.

After college, Jocelyn worked on Capitol Hill in Senator Mark Pryor’s office through the Congressional Black Caucus’ Emerging Leaders Program. She then moved back to her home state (Arkansas) to teach for 2 years as a 2nd Grade Teacher at KIPP Delta Elementary Literacy Academy through the Teach for America Program. Since then, she has held many roles in education policy, consulting and program management. In her spare time, she serves on the Board of Harvard Black Alumni Society-DC as the Director of Development and Alumni Relations and participates in various civic and volunteer engagement opportunities.