New Futures Vice Chair Appointed To President’s Advisory Commission


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This week, President Obama appointed New Futures board member and UW professor Luis Fraga to the President’s Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics.

Fraga will serve on the commission, whose goal is to “develop a set of action proposals to give to the White House and the Secretary of Education for a policy agenda to improve the educational attainment of Latino students.”

Luis is currently Associate Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement, director of the Diversity Research Institute, Russell F. Stark University Professor, and professor of Political Science at the University of Washington.

Here’s more from his bio on the New Futures website:

Luis Ricardo Fraga, Vice President, is associate vice provost for Faculty Advancement, director of the Diversity Research Institute, Russell F. Stark University Professor, and professor of Political Science at the University of Washington. He has been on the faculty at Stanford University, the University of Notre Dame, and the University of Oklahoma. He is a native of Corpus Christi, Texas, where he attended public schools. He received his AB, cum laude, from Harvard University and his MA and PhD from Rice University. His primary interests are urban politics, education politics, voting rights policy, and the politics of race and ethnicity. He is on the board of the Public Education Network (PEN). He is also a member of a special research committee of the National Association of Public Charter Schools (NAPCS). He has been an active member of the Transitions to College and the Immigration, Education, and Citizenship working groups of the Social Science Research Council. Luis is married to Charlene L. Aguilar, director of Undergraduate Education Initiatives at the University of Washington, with whom he has three children.

“New Futures is honored to have his dedicated participation as a board member, helping us ensure that children succeed in school and in life,” according to a press release.

New Futures is located at 630 SW 149th Street in Burien, and according to their website:

New Futures’ mission is to partner with families in their communities and with educators to ensure that children succeed in school and life. Our integrated, culturally relevant programs build skills, foster connectedness, and promote strengths. We operate vibrant community learning centers at four low-income apartment complexes in South King County. New Futures provides on-site children and youth, family, and community-building programs for over 1,800 people on an annual basis.

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