Education

 

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Our Mission

The Leadership Group Education Policy Team promotes and champions quality public education through partnerships with local, state, and federal decision makers. We work to ensure that the educational system in California and the Silicon Valley fosters academic excellence and high quality instruction, while producing world class graduates armed with 21st century skills. The team initiates outreach and advocacy to inform internal and external stakeholders and policymakers that a desirable, accessible and affordable education system ensures that Silicon Valley and California can remain competitive in the innovation economy.
The Education Policy Team, with the help of an SVLG Members Education Committee, seeks to  promote and champion high-quality education in our region through policy advocacy, programs, and public-private sector partnerships, with a focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) to develop a strong, regional workforce.

Our Team

Kristina Peralta, Director of Education & Workforce Preparedness

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Kristina previously worked as an elementary special education teacher in Bushwick, Brooklyn through the New York City Teaching Fellows Program. She next worked as a Community Advocate for the Asian Law Caucus’ Immigrant Rights Program, where she provided direct services to low-income immigrant communities in the Bay Area and created ASPIRE: Asian Students Promoting Immigrant Rights through Education, an immigration advocacy group for DREAM Act students of Asian and Pacific Islander descent.  Kristina also worked at Stanford University as a Research Assistant on a project examining ways in which financial incentives for states and broad-access institutions can produce higher levels of college persistence and completion. Prior to joining the Leadership Group, she served as a Policy Analyst for San Jose Mayor Chuck Reed, where she worked on Education and Gang Prevention initiatives for the City of San Jose.

Kristina is a proud Bay Area native and San Jose resident and received a B.A. in Sociology from UC Davis and an M.A. from Stanford University in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies. She is a 2015 New Leaders Council- Silicon Valley Fellow and serves on the Stanford Pilipino Alumni Network Leadership Board as the Mentorship Chair.

Margaret Gray, Associate, Education

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Margaret Gray is the Education Policy Associate. In this role, she assists in advancing and advocating for the organization’s education policy priorities in workforce preparedness, diversifying the local STEM pipeline, promoting Education Technology in K-12 schools, and supporting the implementation of statewide education reforms.
Prior to joining the Leadership Group, Margaret was a Teach For America corps member in San Jose, California. She taught 4th grade, served on the school leadership team, and coordinated a Mini Mermaids running club. Margaret also served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Panama from 2011-2013 where she taught English and partnered with the ministry of education to improve their English as a Second Language program.
Margaret has an M.A. in Urban Education–Policy and Administration from Loyola Marymount University and a B.A. in International Studies from the University of California, San Diego.

David Palter, Associate, Workforce Development

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David Palter is the Workforce Development Associate for the Silicon Valley Leadership Group. In this role, he collaborates with local K-12 school districts, higher education institutions, and SVLG member companies to develop a strong local workforce pipeline and increase the diversity of workers in Silicon Valley.

Prior to joining the Leadership Group, David taught courses on U.S. labor history, social movements, and globalization at the University of California, Santa Cruz. A fellow with the UC Center for New Racial Studies, his research highlighted the relationship between race and standardized testing in California’s public schools. While at UC Santa Cruz, David also served as the Field Organizer for a California State Assembly campaign, and an advocate for graduate funding with the UC Office of the President.

David received an M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the University of California, Santa Cruz and a B.A. in History from Oberlin College.

Paul Escobar, Senior Associate for Policy and Foundation Programs

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Paul Escobar is the Senior Associate for Policy and Foundation Programs. He also works on several other programs run out of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group Foundation.
Paul previously worked with the UC Student Association as the Director of Graduate and Professional Student Advocacy. He helped graduate and professional students articulate their goals and priorities to UC administration and faculty through their statewide Jobs! campaign. Prior to joining the Leadership Group, Paul worked on Mayor Sam Liccardo’s campaign for Mayor as the Deputy Field Director.
Paul is very active in the Silicon Valley community, volunteering with a variety of local organizations. He received a B.A. in French and Rhetoric from UC Berkeley and an MTS in Philosophy of Religion from Harvard Divinity School.

 

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