PREP Program Manager
Ernest Bihm is a program manager on the Educational Opportunities Project where he manages the Parental Readiness and Empowerment Program (PREP). PREP is an innovative, multi-faceted initiative that combines the energies of parents, schools, civil rights groups, the private bar and the corporate sector to create a powerful potential for advocacy on behalf of students who are often excluded from or denied educational opportunity.
Prior to joining the Lawyers’ Committee, Ernest worked at the intersection of research, policy and community engagement in various roles at America’s Promise Alliance, the nation’s largest partnership dedicated to improving the lives of children and youth. As senior director of knowledge management, Ernest worked with the Center for Promise on a longitudinal research study to explore the ways that comprehensive community initiatives were mobilizing to improve youth outcomes across school, family, and neighborhood contexts. He also collaborated with community leaders across to country to create greater awareness, engagement and coordinated action around increasing high school graduation rates through the GradNation Campaign.
Most recently, he directed the Youth Workforce Fund, a multi-year initiative in partnership with the Citi Foundation to invest in nonprofit organizations that provide youth from marginalized communities with skill development and employment opportunities in various fields from environmental sustainability to robotics, culinary arts to coding.
Ernest is a graduate of Tufts University, an Institute for Educational Leadership Policy Fellow, and a native of Baton Rouge, LA.