Senior Director of Education Policy & Strategic Growth

Gini grew up in a bicultural household in Nashville with a mom from Springfield, TN and a dad from Cuba. As an educator for all of her adult life –  in Seattle, San Diego and then back home in Nashville – she has spent much of her career supporting Latino students and their families. She has done so through teaching, advocacy, and invaluable partnerships.

Her work at Conexión Américas is to advance educational equity and accountability for Latino students locally and statewide. She builds upon the strong reputation of Conexión Américas as a respected convener and collaborator, and will continue –and accelerate– our trajectory of growth in the education arena. Her tasks include leading the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition, which is comprised of key civil rights and education groups, both locally and statewide, to  develop a common education policy agenda and action plan that improves outcomes for minority students across Tennessee. In addition, she will lead trainings for Latino parents and community leaders from across Tennessee – with the goal of increasing their capacity to advocate for their students in their local school systems.

As a former Conexión Américas board member, Gini played a role in the creation of Casa Azafrán. She’s thrilled that she gets to spend her days in a place that brings together many of her favorite things – art, music, dance, cooking, great coffee, passionate people, and learning of all kinds.