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Mariela Puentes

Mariela Puentes

Mariela Puentes

Senior Education Equity Specialist

Mariela serves as Program Manager for the Collaborative Action for Family Engagement Center (CAFE) and as a Senior Education Equity Specialist for MAEC. She works with educators and families to help them build effective partnerships for supporting student learning and well-being. Mariela has helped school leaders across several states develop skills and strategies for equitable and effective family engagement practices. She has led professional development on culturally responsive and equitable family, school, and community engagement for community school coordinators across the state of Maryland.  

Mariela has spent her career working with educators, families, and communities to promote equitable learning outcomes for all students. Prior to her role at MAEC, she hired and supervised staff, and directed the summer program at a public charter school in Washington, D.C., and managed enrichment programs for educational nonprofits in New York City. Mariela holds an M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the Lynch School of Education at Boston College, where she was also a Donovan Scholar with a focus on urban education, and a B.A. in Educational Psychology from Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania. 

Mariela enjoys gardening and practicing yoga in her spare time.  

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