Rodney L. Powell

High School Principal, Founder,

Rodney L. Powell is a High School Principal and founder of, where he and his team provide idea incubation, network development, and mini-grants for aspiring youth social entrepreneurs. In his 24-year career in education, he has designed and led several schools and programs in both Baltimore, MD and Hartford, CT. Powell is also a contributor to national conversations around educational revolution over reform, alternative accountability methods for opportunity youth, the power of our stories, and consensual educational practices. He is currently a doctoral candidate at Northeastern University, where his research focuses on authentically increasing agency through partnering with youth to co-design new educational entities. Powell employs a “Feed the People” approach to learning, teaching, and leadership to promote the idea that all forms of education must be learner-centered and voluntary if it is to be effective, equitable, and just.