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Hope Lesane

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Hope Lesane

Associate Director for Early Childhood

Hope will be leading Ed Trust–NY’s early childhood work, driving a policy agenda that aims to ensure the best possible outcomes for infants and toddlers and coordinating the statewide advocacy coalition, Raising NY. She will focus on strategically engaging partners across the state to further our mission of achieving equity for all of New York’s children and amplifying the voices of parents.

Prior to joining Ed Trust–NY, Hope was the director of early childhood initiatives at Teach For America, New York. At TFA-NY she founded the Early Childhood Education Initiative and created a talent pipeline and teacher training institute specifically for ECE teachers in community-based programs.

A native of New York City, Hope holds a master’s degree in early childhood education and special education, birth- grade 2.

Proudest Moments

My first week teaching in a Head Start classroom and becoming a mom.

What drew you to education?

Watching my mom, an early childhood teacher, and the passion she had for teaching young children showed me what was possible at the most critical time in a child’s life.

Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?

Our work at Ed Trust–NY allows me the incredible opportunity to advocate on behalf of our state’s youngest children at a critical moment in their lives. I am inspired by the communities we serve, and it is humbling to do this work alongside thought leaders and champions.