Associate Partner


Michael is: A person of faith, a follower of Christ, and a question asker. He is the proud son of Mexican Immigrant parents—the two hardest working people he will ever know—and the youngest of three. He is a high school graduate, the first in his family unit. He is a husband to an amazingly brilliant woman who is much smarter than he will ever be, a reality that makes him jealous on most days. He is a lover of sports, history, music, ice cream, cookies, and his mother’s mole con pollo y arroz. Through his experiences navigating an education system that was never designed to support all children in reaching their full potential—especially Children of Color in low-income communities—he believes that we all play a part in either dismantling or upholding our inequitable, racist, and discriminatory systems throughout society. Michael has previous work and research experience in the K-12, higher education, and non-profit sectors of education. Past roles have included a middle and high school math interventionist/teacher in Phoenix, AZ, adjunct professor and research assistant at the University of Connecticut, Director of State Affairs at Teach For America, and Research Associate at Inflexion. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration from Eastern Oregon University, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Administration from the American College of Education, and a Ph.D. in Learning, Leadership, and Education Policy from the University of Connecticut. 

Contact Michael: michael@promise54.org