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Audience in Lecture






Founding Partner


Global Majority Consortium


Baionne Coleman is the chief executive officer of Rainier Valley Leadership Academy (RVLA) and co-founder of the non-profit, The Global Majority Consortium. Baionne has been an educator for 20+ years. Baionne is a community-based leader who works with scholars and families to decolonize education systems and provide a safe and inviting environment for scholars and other educators.

Baionne and her husband, Jaycee Coleman, are committed to closing the opportunity and wealth gap, sharing what they learn with other abolitionist leaders across the country, supporting businesses and organizations on their path to anti-racism, cultivating community endeavors, and performing anti-racist audits.

Baionne believes anti-racist systems led by Global Majority leaders, educators, families, scholars, and communities will begin dismantling systems of oppression, closing the opportunity and wealth gaps, respectively. Baionne further believes social-emotional learning for adults is key to doing this work, supporting the Global Majority and abolitionist educators to support the families farthest from educational justice.

Baionne has worked with the Committee for Children and Valor Compass, supporting the development of an anti-racist social-emotional curriculum. She has also consulted for the University of Washington on various projects and was a graduate ambassador for Seattle University. Baionne co-founded Impact Public Schools, creating their social-emotional and educational model with colleague Pranati Kumar. Baionne has supported the RVLA community by severing ties with a national charter management company to become the first anti-racist and Black-led charter school in Washington.

Baionne attended the prestigious Howard University, completing her freshman and sophomore years, before returning to Seattle to take care of her late mother and younger siblings. She then transferred to the University of Washington, where she finished her degree. She earned two master's degrees while working full-time and supporting her family. She holds teaching, special education, and administrative leadership certifications with principal endorsements. Baionne has presented at numerous local, national, and international conferences, including: Social Emotional Learning (SEL) in Action, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (ASCD), WA Charter Association, Association for Middle Level Education (AMLE), and National Principals Conference. She has also been on multiple panels and supports other organizations and schools to decolonize their systems and start their path to becoming anti-racist.

Baionne holds a Bachelor of Arts in political science with a minor in law, society, justice from the University of Washington, a master's degree in teaching from City University, and a master's degree in educational administration from Seattle University. She enjoys DIY, cooking, and spending time with her husband, four children, and extended family.

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