Founder of Campaign for School Equity, Mendell prides himself on his dedication to community and deep roots in achieving school equity for students of color. His involvement with non-profit advocacy group Black Alliance for Educational Options as State Director in Tennessee and Kentucky, paired with his tenure at Students First NY as Deputy Chief of Staff, solidified his passion and unwavering commitment to children’s education. As an experienced advocate, Mendell’s leadership guides his work as the Executive Director for the newly established Campaign for School Equity in their fight to ensure access to quality schools. In addition to his career in education advocacy, Mendell previously served as a Field Organizer in Washington State on the Obama for America campaign in 2012.
In 2017 Forbes named Mendell to its 2017 Forbes 30 Under 30 list.