Change -- It's What's for Dinner
The Gap Between Policy and Implementation
March 5 2012
Executive Ditector, Education Trust-Midwest
Amber Arellano is the executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest. Arellano has more than two decades of experience in journalism, public policy and strategic public relations. Most recently she was a columnist and editorial board writer for The Detroit News, where she used the News' online platform of more than 1.2 million unique visitors a month to advocate on behalf of low-income and urban students. In 2009 the National Association of Hispanic Journalists named her Commentator of the Year for what it called her influential and crusading coverage of Michigan education. Throughout her career she has covered immigration, politics and education in the Midwest, Southern California, and Mexico. She won national awards for her work as the Race Relations Reporter at The Detroit Free Press. She served at the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Executive Office in Geneva, Switzerland. Her work has spanned the corporate, governmental and non-profit sectors while maintaining a focus on providing a voice for the voiceless.
Arellano holds a Master of Public Policy from the University of Michigan's Ford School of Public Policy, where she specialized in poverty and employment policy. She earned her bachelor's degree in secondary education and journalism from Michigan State University, and studied at the Universidad de Guanajuato in Mexico. She has taught and mentored students of every age, from elementary school to high school and at Michigan State University. A Michigan native and daughter of a respected community activist mom and United Auto Worker father, she is the first in her family to go to college. She is passionate about making sure all Michigan kids have access to great public schools and a shot at their own American dream.