Trainer Strategist Advocate
Putting My Experience to Work
Channel Powe has been a champion for communities, public schools, families and children for over a decade. She stands in the gap of racial equity by using her experience, knowledge and influence to create equitable policies and resolutions.
Ms. Powe’s work as an equity activist began as a child advocate in Detroit, Michigan that led to City of Phoenix appointments on municipal and county boards and commissions. She's the past Governing Board President of the Balsz Elementary School District, where she served seven years. She introduced nine Resolutions that were adopted by the Board, that include, the Commitment to Black Students and Black Lives, a city civilian review board, trauma responsiveness, designating school safe zones for immigrant students, investing in counselors rather than firearms and force, and a districtwide divestment from a prison industry vendor. In 2015, the Arizona School Board Association named Channel Powe Advocate of the Year.
Currently Ms. Powe is a Local Progress Dare To Reimagine Co-chair, Progressive Governance Academy Trainer, Diversity Equity & Inclusion consultant, Front Line Leaders Academy Faculty member, Black AZ COVID-19 Task Force member, and Entrepreneur.
In her role as Balsz ESD Board President, Ms. Powe led the Board in a national search for a new superintendent. Serendipitously, the district appointed the first African-American woman to serve in that position on Juneteenth 2020. In addition, she also forged a partnership between Balsz ESD and 1619AA in order to train teachers to adopt The 1619 Project as supplemental curriculum in their classrooms prior to stepping down from the Board.
Channel Powe’s vision and expertise in empowering and training those who seek systemic, universal change is invaluable..