Celia Garcia Alvarado

Executive Director, Education Pioneer

Los Angeles, California

Celia Garcia Alvarado is the executive director of the Western Region, based out of Los Angeles, where she is responsible for overseeing Education Pioneer’s work in California, Colorado and Washington. She joined Education Pioneers in 2013 as the senior director overseeing all programmatic work for the Western Region. Celia joined Education Pioneers because she is passionate about coaching and developing leaders who want to play a critical role in driving systemic change in the education sector.

She began her career as an educator in Los Angeles Unified School District and was named Teacher of the Year in 2003 for her district. Prior to joining Education Pioneers, she was a managing director on the teacher leadership development team at Teach For America-Los Angeles, and was responsible for supporting close to 300 corps members who collectively taught approximately 22,000 students in low-income communities across Los Angeles County.

Celia received her B.A. from Stanford University, her Ed.M. from Harvard University and Ed.D. from University of California, Los Angeles. She is an adjunct faculty member at Loyola Marymount University’s Graduate School of Education.

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