Mayors' Education Policy Advisors Network (EPAN)

Formed in May 2003, the Mayors’ Education Policy Advisors Network (EPAN) is a national network of senior municipal staff who are working with mayors of the nation's 75 largest cities on key issues related to improving educational outcomes for children and youth.

Mayors are increasingly using their leadership capacity and access to city resources to strengthen and support public schools - even when they have no formal authority over school districts.  EPAN enables senior mayoral advisors and municipal staff to share information, insights, and lessons learned regarding strategies that cities have employed to improve educational outcomes alongside their local public schools. EPAN is made possible by supprot from The Wallace Foundation, Kresge Foundation and Ford Foundation.


The network is open to mayoral education policy advisors or mayor's office staff in the nation's 75 largest cities. Currently, more than 80 senior municipal staff members representing large cities across the county participate in EPAN.


Annual meeting: The YEF Institute covers travel expenses for the EPAN meeting that is strategically located at a different city annualy to uplift the unique solutions and practices of that community. By meeting at least once per year, EPAN members have the opportunity hear from national experts in the education field as well as share challenges and lessons learned. 

EPAN online community: EPAN members have access to a new online community enabling them to fine and share relevant resources through a searchable database, and to communicate and collaborate with each onine through discussion forums and listservs. 

Access to resources: The YEF Institute makes available a wide range of resources and promising practices on education to support the work of mayors and their education policy advisors. These resourcse include research support from the YEF Institute to investigate key uestions raised by EPAN members. The Institute also offers targeted dissemination of new YEF Institute publications to members of EPAN.

Opportunities to showcase city efforts: EPAN members frequently have the opportunity to highlight innovative local initatives in Nation's Cities Weekly, periodic audioconferences and webinars, and NLC conferences.