Early Childhood Team
In addition to our Make One organizational leadership team (bios here), we have an experienced early childhood education team.
Brian Perkins, Ph.D.
Dr. Brian K. Perkins is the Director of the Urban Education Leaders Program (UELP) at Columbia University Teachers College Department of Organization and Leadership. He has served as a consultant to school districts throughout the he U.S., Brazil, Israel, Thailand, the People’s Republic of China, India and the Republic of South Africa.
Dr. Perkins was the President of the New Haven (CT) Board of Education where he served for 11 years. He also served for four years on the Board of Directors of the National School Boards Association, two terms as national chair for CUBE (Council of Urban Boards of Education), and was the chair for the National Black Caucus of School Board Members. Dr. Perkins also served as the national chair of the Leadership for Healthy Communities initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
Dr. Perkins is the author of several published articles and book chapters and serves as the Principal Investigator and author of Where We Learn (2006), Where We Teach (2007), and What We Think (2008) – the largest studies on urban school climate in the history of public education. He currently leads a ground-breaking study and improvement initiative of school climate in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Dr. Perkins received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Grambling State University, his Masters in Public Health from the Yale University School of Medicine and his Doctorate of Education from Columbia University Teachers College. He has a graduate certificate in executive coaching from the Columbia Business School. Dr. Perkins is a registered provider of continuing education for school board members by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and a nationally certified principal mentor by the National Association of Elementary School Principals.
Ebony Speakes-Hall, MSW, MA
Ebony Speakes-Hall is a licensed social worker and educator specializing in community-based practice with at-risk families, including those who have experienced trauma, immigrant and undocumented families, and children of color.
Ms. Speakes-Hall currently serves as an Assistant Professor and Field Coordinator for the Bachelor of Social Work program at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio. She possesses a wide range of experience in social work, with experience in complex trauma therapy, counseling for at-risk youth, multisystemic therapy, home based therapy, medical social work, and crisis management.
Ms. Speakes-Hall has worked extensively in the Child Welfare policy arena, including serving as an intern for the office of Senator Mary Landrieu of Louisiana. She is an active member of the National Association of Social Workers, Ohio Chapter and serves on the board of the American Civil Liberties Union.
She holds a Master’s in Divinity from
Virginia Union University, an MS in in Social Administration with a certificate in Non-
Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University, and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work at the University of Pennsylvania.