Francisco Miguel Araiza
Associate Director of Research and Policy
Francisco collects and analyzes education data to highlight the disparities in student achievement, educational opportunities, and resource availability at the school, district, and state level. He also provides support in educational policy analyses.
Prior to joining The Education Trust-New York, Francisco worked at Citizens’ Committee for Children, a New York City organization focused on child advocacy. At CCC, Francisco collected and analyzed data on child well-being across a number of issue areas and contributed to a number of publications that supported CCC’s budget and legislative priorities. Prior to Francisco’s work at CCC, he led two poverty alleviation projects in South America.
Francisco was born in Guadalajara, Mexico and was raised in Southern California. He has a master’s degree in public administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Francisco double-majored in political science and philosophy at the University of California Berkeley.
Ability to quote from The Simpsons to fit any situation using only seasons 1-8. I know what you are thinking: “That’s unpossible.”
What drew you to education?
Education has profoundly impacted my life. Neither of my parents earned a high school degree and both worked service sector jobs to support our family. My mother was a housekeeper and my father worked as a cook before transitioning to a factory job. Education has allowed me — and my siblings — to experience the generational mobility the American dream is built on.
Why are you passionate about working at Ed Trust?
Despite the privileges education affords me now, I experienced a lot of the same systemic and policy failures Ed Trust seeks to address. I still remember when California voters passed Proposition 187, which proposed to prohibit undocumented children (i.e. me) from accessing public services, including education. My eighth grade middle school counselor refused to place me into algebra I, until my math teacher basically forced her to (I never thanked Ms. Fish for that one!). My high school college counselor told me she couldn’t meet with me because she had to focus on students, “who really needed help” (never understood what she meant by that). When I asked my college counselor for help navigating financial aid, he told me that I should enroll in community college because “it is cheaper.” In short, I am an outlier of a public school system that too often fails students. Dedicating my time, effort, and skills to improve that system is a privilege I proudly embrace.