Meet & Greet: Carlisha Williams Bradley
Meet the new executive director of ImpactTulsa
Carlisha Williams Bradley
Name: Carlisha Williams Bradley
Known as: New executive director of ImpactTulsa, a local partnership that strives to improve education for public schools, and includes leaders from education, business and philanthropic communities.
Bradley is a native Tulsan and graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Syracuse University who expected to work in the corporate sector. However, she changed her mind after an experience volunteering with a local school.
You were running a successful nonprofit in Gambia to empower and educate local girls and spending your time in both Washington, D.C., and Gambia. How did you end up back in Tulsa?
I came back for winter break and took a substitute teaching spot for a day. The teacher never came back! I taught for a month and was shocked that some of the kids had academic gaps even more significant than my girls in Gambia. If there were kids in my own backyard who needed help, I knew that’s where I needed to be. So I went to work for Teach for America, got my teacher’s certification and started teaching.
What’s your vision for your role at ImpactTulsa?
I can’t wait to help our school leaders step out of their silos, share their data with us and identify the gaps so we can focus our efforts. I am passionate about public education because I have seen how it transforms lives.