Leanne Trujillo
Year
2019
Chapter

Leanne is passionate about improving education for historically underrepresented populations and increasing diversity in educational leadership in the US and abroad. Growing up, she had the unique experience of moving and living in several different countries around the globe, as her parents worked as international educators. A self-proclaimed ‘third culture kid’, since moving to the US for the first time as a late teen, Leanne has worn many hats- all in the field of education domestically and internationally- having served students in four US states and several different countries.

During her time at the University of Arizona, Leanne had the opportunity to teach in Tucson public schools  and for non-profit programs in Guatemala, Nicaragua and Mexico. She became politically active in community organizing with a national Latinx progressive policy organization. Upon graduating from the University of Arizona, Leanne moved to New York City where she was a high school teacher and teacher coach for three years at a Title I high school in the South Bronx.

In 2016, she returned to graduate school where she pursued a Master’s degree in International Education Policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and was selected as the Intellectual Contribution/Faculty Tribute award for her cohort. During this time, Leanne focused on deepening her understanding of the many intersections of education in our world. Since then, Leanne has served in many consulting, coaching and policy roles such as working on education reform for the Secretary of Education in Mexico, consulting with UNICEF, researching and working on projects for the Urban Special Education Leadership Collaborative and on bilingual education research projects for Harvard faculty members.

Most recently, Leanne served as the Director of Secondary and Special Education programs for Teach For America San Francisco and is now currently working at Remind- a communication platform that helps every student succeed by allowing educators to reach communities where they are. Leanne is passionate about impacting education at scale and increasing diversity in leadership within organizations. In her spare time, she is an aspiring performance salsa dancer, basketball player, avid global backpacker and reader.