Marques Alexander Ivey
Candidate for President-Elect
When I was elected as the President of the School Board of Aurora, Colorado, I thought I would probably be the president for 4 years, but decided not to run for a second consecutive term, not because there was no will or desire from others for me to continue in that role, but because I believe that the primary job of a leader is to find the greatness in others and bring that to the forefront of new leadership.
For the PTA to be effective and to continue to have a seat at the table of educational and social change, we must first elect leaders that understand what transformation and change truly mean. I understand change and I understand transformation, and PTA can be on the precipice of such change.
The challenges facing PTA has been long-standing. During this past year racial equity, the Covid-19 pandemic, gun violence and contempt for democracy in the 21st century calls for a greatly expanded definition of what it means to be a member of the PTA.
My focus as the President-Elect and President would be to find and engage new leaders that are not bound by conventional thought, or of the belief of, “This is how we have always done it” but rather to find and engage diverse leaders who don’t think traditionally, because the challenges that we face as a PTA are no longer traditional. Therefore, the solutions that PTA must bring to the table should be bold, innovative, and inclusive. But before we can start the very noble journey of non-traditional educational and social change, we must first make leadership in this association not an afterthought, but one of proven, effective, and lived-experienced leaders. And one of those leaders is Marques Ivey.