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Statement from Deborah Delisle, President and CEO of All4Ed, on the death of Gen. Colin Powell

For Release: Oct. 18, 2021 

Contact: Dorie Turner Nolt, 404.861.1127, 

“Gen. Colin Powell not only broke barriers as the first Black Secretary of State, he also championed a national movement to improve the lives and futures of our youth — from increasing high school graduation rates to healthier living. As the founding chairman of the America’s Promise Alliance more than two decades ago, Gen. Powell and his wife, Alma, along with their son, Michael, have worked tirelessly to make children and youth a national priority. We send our heartfelt condolences to the Powell family and know that Gen. Powell’s legacy will impact students and families for generations to come.”


Deborah S. Delisle is the president and CEO of All4Ed and served as assistant secretary of elementary and secondary education from 2012 to 2015. 

All4Ed is a Washington, DC–based national policy, practice, and advocacy organization dedicated to ensuring that all students, particularly those underperforming and those historically underserved, graduate from high school ready for success in college, work, and citizenship.