Richard Leong
Leadership for Educational Equity, Coordinator

Richard currently serves as a Coordinator at Leadership for Educational Equity (LEE), a non-profit leadership development organization that empowers current and former educators to make lasting civic change through public leadership.

Richard directly manages a budget of over $350,000 to plan and execute high-quality programming. His responsibilities includes conducting targeted public outreach campaigns, managing vendor relationships, analyzing program data for strategy and growth, etc.

Richard’s passion for driving social impact stem from his childhood experiences growing up marginalized as an Asian American and the son of immigrants. Passionate about education as a vehicle for social justice, he began his career as a 5th grade teacher in St. Paul, MN through Teach for America. His experiences working directly with students and families in the classroom ground his deep commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Prior to joining LEE, Richard also served as a Student Data Coordinator for Bright Star Schools, a charter network serving students in the Greater Los Angeles area. At Bright Star, Richard honed his problem-solving skills by building tools and systems to allow for the consistent use of data to drive both instructional and administrative decision-making.

Outside of work, Richard serves on the Board of Directors of Act To Change, a nonprofit organization originally launched under the Obama Administration as a public awareness campaign to empower students, families, and educators with the knowledge and tools needed to stop and prevent bullying.


Richard also enjoys exploring the Los Angeles food scene, listening to podcasts, and practicing martial arts. He has a BA in Sociology from Columbia University and an M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities.