Lora Mei McManus-Graham serves as an independent DEI consultant and the PK-12 Chair of Equity & Instruction at The Blake School in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As the product of two Los Angeles independent schools, she is deeply passionate about inspiring change from within. A former K-12 teacher, McManus-Graham focuses specifically on actionable steps to reconcile school culture and create schools in which families and employees of color feel not only in the space but of the space—the critical difference between inclusion and belonging. She also led the team that developed the My-Space virtual reality experience that envisions aspirational spaces of belonging and joy for historically marginalized groups. McManus-Graham holds M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction & Education Administration from Cal State Channel Islands, where she authored "Experiences of Discrimination and Microaggressions towards Women of Color in Independent School Headships."