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Michelle Molitor is the founder and chief executive officer of Fellowship for Race & Equity in Education (FREE), an organization with the mission of creating equitable educational spaces for all students through honest and open dialogue across difference, and collective anti-racist action. This equity work was built in response to the urgency for culturally responsive systemic change for our most vulnerable students - not just in DC, but nationwide. Collaborating directly with a number of national equity organizations to develop Race & Equity in Education Seminars, Michelle was awarded an investment from NewSchools Venture Fund in her first year as an Entrepreneur in Residence to continue developing the FREE curriculum. FREE has partnered with and led work alongside several national, regional and local education agencies across the education ecosystem including the Department of Education, district offices, individual schools, philanthropic groups, and education facing entities. Michelle began her career in education as a teacher in Fairfax County Public Schools at the elementary and middle school levels before joining E.L. Haynes Public Charter School as a founding administrator in 2004. She was awarded the Washington Post's Agnes Meyer Distinguished Educational Leadership Award for her extraordinary efforts as the elementary principal at Haynes in 2012. She holds a BS in education from Central Michigan University and a master of science in administration from Trinity University through New Leaders for New Schools urban principal training fellowship program. She is a Fellow of the 16th class of the Pahara - Aspen Education Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.