We help adults to thrive so that they can do their best work for students.


Race and educational inequity have been intertwined throughout our nation’s history. On May 17, 1954, in the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, the Supreme Court observed “…it is doubtful that any child may reasonably be expected to succeed in life if he is denied the opportunity of an education. Such an opportunity, where the state has undertaken to provide it, is a right which must be made available to all on equal terms.” However, institutionalized oppression, micro-aggressions, discrimination, inequity, and violence still obstruct the path to self-determination and a life trajectory full of choices for young people from historically marginalized identities. Promise54 was formed by Xiomara Padamsee, Monisha Lozier, and team members from within Bellwether Education Partners’ former Talent Advising practice to enable organizations to deliver on this commitment.

Our Vision for Equity

We envision a day when organizations committed to educational equity have maximum impact because they have the right people excelling in the right roles, their teams reflect the communities served, their cultures are inclusive, and their internal structures are equitable. Honoring, supporting, and leveraging intersecting identities are hallmarks of our approach. We live out our commitment to equity by enabling leaders in organizations to create cultures where those who have been historically silenced can bravely share the full extent of their lived experience, learn from one another, and bridge perspectives.


Our Team

Xiomara Padamsee

Founder & Chief Executive Officer

Alison Brock McGill


Andrew Greenia


Cornelius Lee

Associate Partner

Courtney Broun

Operations Manager

Danielle Ceribo

Operations Coordinator

Dawn Albert


Kiera Vinson


Kimberly Osagie


Latricia Barksdale

Chief Operating Officer

Leslie Nair


Lora Cover


Louis Gorton

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Lucerito Ortiz

Associate Partner

Monisha Lozier


Rebecca Knicely Cagle


Tiffany Williams-Virden


UnSuk Zucker

Associate Partner

Vanessa Douyon

Associate Partner




Our Partners

We do our work with the generous support of the following partners: