Arelis Diaz, W.K. Kellogg Foundation

TITLE: Program Officer

FOCUS AREAS: Education birth to age 8, literacy, math skills

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PROFILE: Arelis Diaz joined the W.K. Kellogg Foundation as a program officer in 2010. She previously served multiple roles as an educator and administrator in Godwin Heights Public Schools in Wyoming, Michigan. Her ASCD Faculty profile shares:

Arelis Diaz is a program officer for program strategy at the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. In this role, she works with the Education & Learning Family Economic Security team, where she is responsible for identifying and nurturing opportunities for affecting positive systemic change within communities and executing programming efforts, with a focus on K–12 education. She manages and monitors a portfolio of active grants, providing technical assistance to grantees on model development, partnership negotiations, leadership capacity building, and coaching. Diaz a member of the ASCD Disrupting Poverty Cadre.

Prior to joining the foundation in 2010, Diaz had a 15-year career with Godwin Heights Public Schools in Wyoming, Mich., serving most recently as the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction and human resources director. Other earlier positions include director of curriculum and instruction, principal of North Godwin Elementary, ESL/foreign language director, and bilingual/ESL elementary teacher. Diaz transformed academic achievement in the district and propelled it into educational excellence. Diaz and the district have received state and national recognition for successfully closing the achievement gap for children in poverty.

Diaz is the recipient of several honors, including the 2009 Dispelling the Myth Award from the Education Trust in Washington, D.C.; the 2007 MASB Education Excellence Award for the Parents ARE Teachers early childhood literacy program for ELL parents; and the Herman W. Coleman Human Relations Award.

Diaz holds a master’s degree in K–12 educational administration from Michigan State University and a bachelor’s degree in elementary education with bilingual endorsement from Calvin College. She is currently pursuing a doctorate in K–12 educational leadership from Western Michigan University.

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