CeCe Lacey

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Alumni Relations Manager

After completing her masters in Education Policy and Management at the Harvard Graduate School of Education in May 2016, CeCe moved home to Birmingham to pursue a path in education reform. She comes to Ed with 4 years of education and non-profit experience as well as an effervescent tenacity for this work. CeCe graduated Cum Laude from Birmingham Southern College in 2012 with a B.A. in Spanish, a minor in psychology, and a Distinction in Leadership Studies. After graduating, CeCe taught elementary and middle school Spanish at LaGrange Academy in LaGrange, GA. She returned to Birmingham after her time at Lagrange Academy to serve as an Americorps member with Impact Alabama. During her time at Impact, CeCe first served for a year as a Regional Coordinator, and subsequently managed Impact’s SpeakFirst Middle School and CollegeFirst programs. Most recently, CeCe worked with Empower Schools, a Boston based non-profit, where she facilitated district reform efforts in the Springfield Empowerment Zone to compliment her graduate coursework. CeCe is thrilled to be back during such an exciting time for growth and change in Birmingham. She joins to the Ed program team to implement Educate Local programs within Birmingham City Schools.

KC Dada


KC Dada
Educate Local Programs Director 

A native of Bessemer, Alabama, K C Dada prides herself on being a positive representation of her hometown and a loving sponsor of the next generation of leaders currently matriculating through local public school systems. Dada is a graduate of Tuskegee University where she obtained a Bachelor of Science degree in chemical engineering.  K C previously worked as an engineer in environmental compliance at Alabama Power Company in Birmingham. But she has always had a passion for student development and preparedness for lifelong success. Through her volunteer involvements with a variety of pre-college initiatives, K C dedicates hours of energy and tons of innate talents to providing programming for students in local communities. She is the current President for Birmingham Professional Chapter of National Society of Black Engineers, a former dance choreographer and coach at Bessemer City High School, and former public affairs chairperson for Alabama Power Company’s annual iCan Girls in Engineering Conference. She is also currently pursuing a Masters in Engineering with a concentration Information Engineering and Management at UAB and a Project Management Professional certification. In January 2018, K C was promoted as a program specialist and now serves as Program Director with the Birmingham Education Foundation where she continues to direct her passion and talents toward the continued development of Birmingham’s students and team members.

K C is a member of 45th Street Baptist Church where Pastor Andra Sparks is the pastor. At 45th Street, Dada currently serves as co-chair of the Vessels of Praise dance ministry. Katrina is married to David Dada who also holds membership with and is active in ministry at 45th Street.

Victoria Hollis

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Strategy Director 

Victoria was born in New York City and lived in Pittsburgh and Louisville before moving to Alabama in 2003. A two-time graduate from Auburn University, her credentials include twin Bachelor’s degrees in English and Psychology; a Master’s in English; supplemental coursework in Graphic Design; and a Doctorate of Education in K-12 Leadership, Policy, and Organizations from Vanderbilt University.  A former adjunct instructor of freshman composition at AUM, Victoria demonstrates a distinct enthusiasm for education reform, progressive teaching strategies, and building relationships with people in the school community. She is on the Board of Directors for Growing Kings, Inc., ACE Mentoring, and local NPR-affiliate WBHM’s Friends Board; a speaking coach for TEDxBirmingham; an alumni of the Alabama Leadership Initiative; a recipient of the Vulcan Newcomer Spear Award in 2016; and a member of the Birmingham Business Journal’s Top Forty Under Forty Class of 2018. As program director, Victoria designed and built the foundation of Ed’s signature programming, Educate Local, and in her current role as strategy director is researching and developing new opportunities for Ed to innovate around education. In her free time, Victoria enjoys revitalizing her 100-year-old home in Five Points South, reading postmodern fiction, and adding to a growing collection of antique and vintage furniture.

Watch “Educate Local,” Victoria’s talk from TEDxBirmingham 2014, here.

A Letter on Community Engagement – Shannon Ellis

Our history, as a city, comes from communication and collaboration. Our future is whether we can continue this tradition.

Community engagement is the enactment of providing branches for conversations to establish the collective future envisioned. It is a right, a privilege, and my pleasure to be involved in the facilitation of engaging my community. Continue reading

Community Engagement Manager – Meryem Tunagur

During the 2017-2018 school year, Meryem Tunagur served the Birmingham Education IMG_1576Foundation as an AmeriCorps VISTA Program Specialist and the Network Night Manager. Serving on the Educate Local program team gave her a great introduction to the Birmingham City Schools (BCS) community and helped her establish relationships with families, teachers, and students. Her new role as the Community Engagement Manager is an extension of her work from last year. In August, she launched  Continue reading

Joy’s Network Night Experience


I attended the very first network night of the year on Tuesday, October 30th and itexceeded any/all expectations! This network night was held at Ramsay high school. I’m a proud alum of Ramsay High School so I was excited to see what was in store. When I entered the school I was greeted by a group of student volunteers. They assisted me with signing in and directing me to the table of food provided by Ed. Once the program started, things began to take off! The Network Night was hosted by a teacher of the school who did a wonderful job engaging the audience. The first activity was “New and Good.” The host asked everyone to get into groups of 6 and share with each other  Continue reading

Alumni Relationship Manager – CeCe Lacey

Change is underway for CeCe Lacey who formerly served as a program specialist and is now turning her focus to alumni relations. This new position is focused on serving graduates of Birmingham City Schools who participated in Educate Local programs. Lacey’s transition comes as part of the Ed team’s desire to constantly give and receive feedback in order to best work with their stakeholders. “We always need to have an idea of the best direction for our work,” she explains. “Our mission is to increase the number of BCS students who graduate career, college, and life ready and we we want to know how many students actually do graduate career, college, and life ready.” By transitioning Lacey’s focus to these alumni, the hope is Ed can better serve students before and after they graduate. Continue reading

Meet DeCarlo Howard – 2018 Ed Family Game Night Contestant

DeCarlo Howard is a Huffman High School senior, where he’s a member of the swim and wrestling team, a former linebacker and defensive end on the football team, and an active member in his school’s chapter of the National Honor Society. Outside of school, DeCarlo participates in Miles College Upward Bound and with his church, New Rising Star. DeCarlo is a student in the Academy of Architecture and Construction at Huffman, where he specializes in electrical training. Last summer, he worked with Bright Future Electric, an electric contract company for construction, as an apprentice to earn his electrician’s license. He also worked with the Division of Youth Services in City Hall to complete a paid internship in the engineering department of the Mayor’s office. DeCarlo’s interest in electrical work has lead him to attend the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) because of their great engineering and business programs. DeCarlo eventually wants to own his own electrical engineering business. Continue reading