Ansel Sanders

President & CEO


Ansel is the President & CEO of Public Education Partners and brings more than 14 years of experience as an educator to PEP.

After graduating from Washington and Lee University in 2004 and joining Teach For America, Ansel began his career as an 8th Grade English-Language Arts teacher in Baltimore. While in Baltimore, Ansel earned a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) from Johns Hopkins University.

Upon moving to Greenville in 2007, Ansel served as an Administrative Assistant at Mauldin Middle School before being appointed as the founding Program Director of A.J. Whittenberg Elementary School of Engineering in Greenville in 2009, the state’s first elementary school with a school-wide engineering focus. While at Whittenberg, Ansel also was the Lead Planner for the Dr. Phinnize J. Fisher Middle School in Greenville and earned an Education Specialist in School Leadership (M.A.T+30) credential from Furman University.

In 2012, Ansel and his family moved to Cambridge, Massachusetts, after he was admitted the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s new Doctor of Education Leadership (Ed.L.D.) program. For the program’s residency year, in 2014, Ansel moved to Memphis, Tennessee, to serve as the Achievement School District’s Director of Partnerships.

In 2015, upon graduating from the Ed.L.D. program, Ansel and his family moved back to Greenville and he assumed the Associate Director position at PEP before becoming PEP’s second President and CEO in 2017. Ansel oversees the implementation of PEP’s strategic plan, which focuses on positioning Greenville as an ideal destination for teachers and the teaching profession, leveraging an advocacy point of view to advance public education and student achievement in Greenville County Schools, and ensuring PEP has the capacity to operate at the systems-level.

As an extension of his work at PEP, Ansel also serves on various boards and in leadership capacities, including Teach For America-South Carolina’s Advisory Board, the Clemson University Senior Advisory Board for the College of Education, Greenville’s Nonprofit Alliance Advisory Board, the Liberty Fellowship and the Riley Institute’s Diversity Leadership Initiative Fellowship. In 2018, the Urban League of the Upstate recognized Ansel with the Xanthene Norris Education Award.

Outside the office, Ansel enjoys playing, exploring, and learning with his wife Helen and their three young daughters: Field, Walker, and Stuart. He loves sports and is more than willing to hop in a pickup game, which are often initiated by his daughters.

Most Rewarding Aspect of Working with PEP

 The people

“It is rewarding and invigorating to daily interact and work with a diverse cross-section of our community – educators and non-educators – who passionately share a common goal of doing right by Greenville’s kids.”