Mission, Vision & Core Values


ScaleUp America is an organization dedicated to empowering minorities typically underrepresented in the power structures of regional economic clusters to grow as leaders in their communities and help build the movement for inclusive competitiveness. We aspire to be one source of diverse, engaged leadership working at all levels and across disciplines – as policy makers, elected leaders and community organizers – to ensure every person in a city or region has the opportunity to attain a career in the innovation economy.

Our Vision:
Every person in every community has/will have the opportunity to attain an excellent STEM oriented job or career.

Our Mission:
To inspire a diverse and enduring movement of leaders who share a commitment to ending the injustice of systemic inequity and empower them to engage  within their communities and across the nation to ensure everyone has the opportunity to contribute fully in the system of wealth creation.

Our Core Values:

Meaningful impact

We work to meaningfully and measurably ensure that underrepresented minorities have the opportunity to attain an excellent education and achieve their full potential.  We understand there is no single set of solutions that will work in every community.  We encourage our members to critically engage and develop impactful, thoughtful solutions. Ultimately, our guiding question is, “How will this create life-changing opportunities for everyone in our communities?”

Member driven
We exist to help our partners have the greatest possible impact on opportunities available in their communities.  Our programming, resources and strategies are designed to increase the engagement and effectiveness of our partners working at all levels to pursue equity.

Achieving educational equity requires bold solutions from informed and purposeful leaders grounded in the experience of teaching in low income communities and the deep belief in the potential of all children. We believe that when our members reach positions of influence, they will help to change policies to ensure all children can receive an excellent education.

Collective action 
All of us have a role to play in achieving equity and our impact will be greater if we are organized and connected.  We help our partners to build power and amplify their collective voice.  We also work to connect our partners with organizaions in the broader movement for social justice and equity.

All voices  
We will succeed in our mission only if we actively engage all of our communities of influence and work side by side with communities to bring the full diversity of solutions and perspectives to these challenges. In particular, we actively seek the voices of the individuals who share the racial and economic backgrounds of communities most impacted by pervasive inequality, because they can bring an essential perspective to  policy-making that has traditionally been under-represented.

Continuous learning
As a young organization, we operate with an entrepreneurial spirit, learn from our experiences and continuously improve.  As we work to build the leadership capacity of our collaborators and their impact, we operate with a sense of urgency and an emphasis on action and learning.