ELM relies on the regular guidance and expertise of two decision-making groups.


Parent Accountability Council

The Parent Accountability Council (PAC) ensures that family voice guides ELM's work. Parents from African American, African immigrant, Asian, Latino, Native American and Slavic communities form the council. In addition to the monthly PAC meetings, partner organizations convene quarterly culturally-specific Parent Leadership Team meetings for broader parent input. Meetings are open to the public. 

The PAC's Guiding Principles are central to ELM's approach (also available in Chinese, Russian and Spanish).

ELM works with these organizations to provide support and staffing for parents on the PAC:

  • Latino Network
  • Native American Youth and Family Services (NAYA)
  • Self Enhancement Inc. (SEI)
  • Immigrant Refugee and Community Organization (IRCO)


Sector Council

ELM charges the Sector Council with developing a strategic agenda guided by family voice to share across sectors. Leaders from five key stakeholder sectors—business, health, early childhood, K-12 and social services—make up the Sector Council. The Council uses the PAC Guiding Principles as the foundation for its decision-making. Meetings are open to the public.  

Current members include representatives from these organizations: