Priscilla J. Maynor, Ed.D is a systems-focused education strategist, generalist and collaborator who is recognized in several circles for her broad knowledge base in public education, her business acumen and forward thinking leadership spanning from early childhood through higher education. Priscilla has experience at varied levels across the public education sector – including classroom, school, local district, regional and state. She has extensive experience working with schools, government agencies, foundations, nonprofits and for-profit organizations. Priscilla is the Founder and Principal of imaginED Partners LLC, an American Indian, woman-owned educational leadership, strategy and design consulting firm. The mission of imaginED Partners is to inspire and catalyze innovation that leads to new learning models and effective systems that are community-centered and grounded in cultural knowledge, rigorous standards and high quality teaching, learning and management practices. Central to Priscilla’s work is a strong focus on building strong community collaboratives that work collectively to ensure students start school ready to learn and finish prepared for life, career and college success.
Priscilla earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and serves as an adjunct faculty member for the School of Education. She is an advisor on the BMGF Technology Partner Network and has served as an expert advisor with the U.S Department of Education’s Reform Support Network. Prior to starting imaginED Partners, Priscilla was the executive vice president for leadership development for the Center for Educational Leadership and Technology, where she oversaw the company’s leadership development and shared learning systems portfolio, which included Next Generation Learning Initiatives supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Priscilla worked several years for the state education agency in North Carolina. In this capacity, her work involved designing systems and scaling statewide reform initiatives in early childhood education, special education, district and school transformation, quality data management, and strategic performance management. In addition, Priscilla led the State Advisory Council on Indian Education for 10+ years in policy efforts that gained the state national recognition for improving Indian education. In 2014, Priscilla’s research examining social class and the academic achievement of American Indian students in North Carolina published in the Springer International Handbook of Educational Leadership and Social (In)Justice.
Active in the community, Priscilla serves on the Advisory Board for the UNC American Indian Center, the UNC Advisory Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity, the Advisory Board for the State Employees’ Credit Union, the Board for a leadership development nonprofit and is the Board Chair for a new Charter School. She is an alumnus of the William E. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations and the IEL Education Policy Fellowship.