Angela Bass

Angela Bass

Jackson Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2020-21, Economic Opportunities Program

Executive Director, Mississippi Early Learning Alliance, Jackson, Mississippi

Dr. Angela Wheeler-Bass is currently the Executive Director of the Mississippi Early Learning Alliance (MELA). MELA drives collective impact with diverse stakeholders to achieve systemic change leading to the holistic development of Mississippi children in their first 8 years of life. She earned her Ph.D. in Educational Leadership from the University of Mississippi. She earned her Master’s in Education Policy and Management from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Comparative Women’s Studies from Spelman College in Atlanta Georgia. Prior to her work at MELA, Angela Bass was the Deputy Director of Policy at Mississippi First, a school administrator in Memphis, TN, and she taught math to middle and high school students in Tunica, MS, Horn Lake, MS, and Forrest City, AR. Dr. Bass is originally from Tunica, MS by way of Horn Lake, MS. Currently, she resides in Jackson, MS, with her husband and two children.

Angela Bass is a member of the Jackson Workforce Leadership Academy Class of 2020-21, one of several Workforce Leadership Academies in localities across North America.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

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