About Us

Mission Statement: To create better classrooms for all kids.

Led by national education experts, MEF convenes educational partners and helps them coalesce around the highest priorities for improvement. We believe that focusing our joint efforts on attainable outcomes will lead us toward high quality schooling for our kids in the lowest performing schools.

MEF supports successful public schools of all kinds with a focus on outcomes, not on particular models. The strength of our work is in the partnerships and relationships we build with leaders, educators and innovators in Memphis.


Terence Patterson, Chief Executive Officer
Ali Jaffery, Associate Manager for Grants and Innovation
Benjamin Friendlander, Associate Manager for Research

Board of Directors
Darryl Cobb, Chairperson
Jim Boyd
Timico Boykins
David Mansouri
Tomeka Hart
Kevin Huffman
Teresa Sloyan


1350 Concourse Avenue
Suite 434
Memphis, TN 38104
(901) 435-0400