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2011-2012 Secondary Education Graduate Fellow

Gisela Ariza, currently works at LA Promise Fund as a Data & Analytics Manager where she is responsible with helping to implement high-quality data collection and analysis practices across schools that are part of the Network for School Improvement (NSI) initiative.

Prior to this role, she worked at the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the Leadership Conference Education Fund in Washington, D.C., as a Senior Education Policy Analyst, where she supported state partners in the implementation of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Her work focused on supporting local coalitions to advocate for strong state education plans that advanced educational equity, including robust parent and community engagement, accountability for the achievement of all students, resource equity and access to user-friendly data. Previous to this role, Gisela worked at the College Board where she advised adult learners about pursuing post-secondary educational opportunities and supported the organization’s efforts around college access for underserved students. She is also an alumna of CHCI’s Graduate Fellowship program, where she served as the Secondary Education Graduate Fellow in 2011-2012.

Gisela is originally from the San Fernando Valley, California. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University – Northridge, and completed her master’s degree in Education and School Counseling from the University of Southern California. Gisela is also a certified Kundalini Yoga & Meditation teacher. She believes in the transformative power of a college education and that no matter what, all students deserve access to an equitable education.