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Audience in Lecture






Founder & Principal


The HarWigg Group


For almost 30 years, Tomeka Hart Wigginton has worked to improve education outcomes and increase social and economic mobility at the local, state, and national levels. Specializing in building and managing strategic partnerships and coalitions, she founded The HarWigg Group in 2023, a consulting firm serving nonprofit, public sector, and philanthropy leaders and organizations. Tomeka has served in multiple roles including managing director and currently as special advisor to Blue Meridian Partners, managing investments and relationships in place-based partnerships focused on social and economic mobility. She served as senior program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, leading grant making to civil rights and equity organizations focused on education policy and advocacy. Additionally, she has served as vice president for regional and national education organizations, and as the president and CEO of the Memphis Urban League. Hart Wigginton served two terms on the elected school board in Memphis, including a term as Board President. She currently serves as board chair of the Data Quality Campaign, as a member of the Memphis Education Fund board, and on the University of Tennessee College of Education Dean’s Advisory Board. She is an Aspen Institute Rodel-Fellowship in Public Leadership fellow and a PaharaAspen Institute Education Fellow. Tomeka Hart Wigginton holds a Certificate in Education Finance from Georgetown University; a J.D. degree from the University of Memphis; an M.B.A. from Kennesaw State University; and a B.S. degree in Education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

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