Alisha Thomas Morgan is the former executive director of Ivy Preparatory Academies. She currently serves as the CEO at Morgan Enterprises. Previously, she worked as executive director of the Rena Carter Foundation.
At age 23, Morgan made history by becoming the first African American elected to the Georgia House of Representatives. She served six terms representing residents of Cobb County and sat on the Education, Appropriations, and Health and Human Services Committees. In addition to her work in the legislature, Morgan was superintendent of Ivy Prep Academies, a network of all-girls public schools. In that role, she increased academic achievement. Specifically, the Kirkwood campus nearly doubled its state performance score from 43 to 85, and across the network of schools, the teacher retention rate went from 20 to 80 percent. Morgan also overhauled the network’s operations and worked to strengthen its financial position.
An alumnus of the second cohort of the Future Chiefs leadership development program, Morgan has a master’s in educational leadership from Kennesaw State University and a bachelor’s from Spelman College. She is a national board member for the Joseph and Evelyn Lowery Institute for Justice and Human Rights and a national advisory board member for Pathways in Education. Morgan participated in the Broad Superintendents Academy and is the author of No Apologies: Powerful Lessons in Life, Love and Politics.