Arizona Has More than 1.1 million K-12 Students

It’s Time to Put them First

Equal Access

Every day A Child Doesn’t Have Access to A better Learning Environment, is a Day We are failing.

Modify the existing open enrollment system so Arizona families can easily apply to attend the school of their choice, regardless of attendance boundaries, with transparent, simple enrollment processes.

Expand transportation options for students to access more school and learning options by incentivizing district and charter schools to explore transportation innovations and efficiencies, such as parent flat-rate programs, rideshares, and transportation resource sharing.

Innovation is no Longer Optional

  • Remove the red tape preventing innovation from taking root.
  • Give school leaders the autonomy needed to create unique, effective learning environments.
  • No one model or system of schooling can have a monopoly over opportunity.

This is the time to challenge the status quo. We can no longer sit idly by while students languish in a school where they will not thrive.

-Emily Anne Gullickson, President & Founder
Great Leaders, Strong Schools

Transparent Results

Public Data is Essential, Not a Nice-To-Have

In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, parents deserve clear information now more than ever about their child’s progress and school’s performance – both academically and where dollars were spent.


Bipartisan advocates for community-driven K-12 education policies where students are the top priority. 

Governing Board Members

President & Founder

Emily Anne Gullickson, J.D., M.Ed.

Emily Anne brings a unique background of executive, advocacy, legal, and teaching experience to Great Leaders, Strong Schools. She also serves as the founder and CEO of sister organization A for Arizona and has a long track record of prioritizing students’ interests – especially students in high poverty communities – in all that she does. She began her journey as a Teach For America – Phoenix corps member and has since served as the inaugural Arizona Alumni Leadership Board President, organizing the 1,000+ alumni community across Arizona.

Emily Anne was recently recognized by the Arizona Capitol Times and Arizona Capitol community as a 2020 Best Political Rising Star, Inaugural 2019 Women Achievers of Arizona – Nonprofit Leader, and 2019 Breakdown Breakout for being one of the sharpest political minds in Arizona under 40. The Arizona Republic recognized Emily Anne in their Fall 2018 “Who’s Next: 21 Educators Shaping Arizona’s Next Generation” spotlight and was a Greater Phoenix Chamber 2017 ATHENA Young Professional Award Nominee.

She actively serves on the Policy Innovators in Education (PIE) Network Leadership Council and was in their last national Leadership Institute cohort. She recently led the Arizona Chamber Foundation, overseeing three major initiatives including A for Arizona, Chamber Business News, and the Arizona Industry Fellows. Under her direction, the Foundation published critical policy briefs and research on topics dedicated to expanding economic opportunity in Arizona such as K-12 education reform, water and the Drought Contingency Plan, and trade with a focus on the USMCA and its impact on Arizona.

Last year, Emily Anne was an inaugural fellow in R Street Institute’s Foundations of Conservative Policymaking Fellowship and a member of the Fall 2018 American Enterprise Institute Leadership Institute. She had prior public policy and advocacy fellowships with the Arizona Chamber of Commerce & Industry and Leadership for Educational Equity as well as relevant legal clerkships with a focus on education law at the City of St. Paul and Kane Education Law, LLC.

Using her experience as an educator, legal advocate, and policy leader, Emily Anne is devoted to changing the narrative of what’s possible for students in Arizona and the nation.

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