Our team at IECF is growing! Last month, we welcomed Julian Cuevas who is the new Director of Policy and Governmental Affairs.

Julian’s role will be leading and implementing the Foundation’s public policy efforts, beginning with a two-year strategy to elevate community voices in educational reform and equitable achievement in K-12 systems in the Inland Empire. He’ll help bridge institutional relationships, and cultivate partnerships with elected leaders on education policy.

Julian has worked in governmental affairs for most of his career and most recently as the Director of Government Affairs for the California Department of Education. Appointed by the State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Julian was responsible for directing the department’s legislative and budget activities affecting K–12 education. He was also tasked with managing partnerships and coalitions across the state. Before working at the California Department of Education, Julian was the Director of Education Programs for the Hispanic Foundation of Silicon Valley in San Jose. While at the Foundation Julian’s work was recognized by President Barack Obama in 2015 for the creation of its “Latinos in Technology Initiative.”

“I am thrilled to be joining the Foundation and of the opportunity to be working alongside some incredible leaders in the Inland Empire,” said Julian. ”The challenges we face in the education system, particularly in our communities of color, will be on the forefront of my work. I am looking forward to helping lead the effort on advancing policies that foster equity and inclusion along with our community partners, elected officials, and talented team.”

Julian holds a M.A. in Public Administration & Policy from the American University in Washington, D.C. and a B.A. in Political Science/American Politics from the University of California, San Diego.

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