Elora Diaz is an Arizona native and a first-generation college graduate who is dedicated to serving her community. She holds two degrees from Arizona State University and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Leadership.
After graduating from college, Elora joined Teach for America, and taught seventh grade in the Isaac School District. She then went on to help found a county-wide collective impact coalition, Opportunities for Youth, which sought to decrease the rate of youth disconnection in Maricopa County. She is now a 9th grade teacher, recently served as a policy advisor to Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, and is a Governing Board Member for Phoenix Elementary School District.
Elora knows that the achievement of a college degree is too often the exception, rather than the rule, her for students and communities of color. She is committed to ensuring that every child, regardless of where they come from, has the opportunity to choose their own future – whether that means going to college, enlisting in the military like her sister and brother, or pursuing a technical trade. She is a passionate advocate for better public education that serves all students, regardless of individual situation.