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Amber Arellano

Executive Director, The Education Trust-Midwest

Amber Arellano - sizedAmber Arellano is the founding executive director of The Education Trust-Midwest (ETM). The organization is widely recognized as a leading voice for nonpartisan data, original analysis and research, policy expertise and a statewide coalition dedicated to making Michigan a top 10 state for all students. Under Arellano’s leadership, the organization led the original policy research that led to the legislative passage and cross-sector development of Michigan’s first statewide educator support and evaluation system.

ETM has led successful efforts to ensure Michigan implemented college- and career-ready standards, in collaboration with more than 140 organizations across the state. It also was the state’s first organization to call for quality standards and accountability for Michigan’s charter school authorizers.

In partnership with the Steelcase Foundation, Arellano also founded the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning (CETL). The CETL has brought proven best practices from leading education states to West Michigan, including an innovative new model for building and supporting teachers and principals to dramatically raise achievement in high-poverty schools.

She is a veteran journalist who covered education and race relations for the Detroit Free Press and as a columnist for The Detroit News.