Miguel Arias

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Executive Director, Fresno Unified School District

Fresno, California

Miguel Arias is a trustee of State Center Community College District and is the executive director of Community and Family Services for Fresno Unified School District. He has served in various senior roles within Fresno Unified School District including chief information officer and executive director of the Office of Constituent Services.

He served as chief of staff to Fresno City Council President Blong Xiong. He worked for Fresno County Economic Opportunities Commission and was a legislative assistant for Congressman Calvin Dooley in both Fresno and Washington, D.C., where he established an immigration education program and staffed the bipartisan House taskforce on immigration reform.

As a trustee for Mendota Unified School District, he assisted the leadership team in improving student achievement and facilities including the construction of a new middle school and the establishment of the Westside Institute of Technology, a vocational training center for rural western Fresno County.

Arias is a native of Mendota. He attended California State University, Fresno, where he studied criminology and Chicano Latino studies.

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