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Jacob Fraire, Chairperson

Jacob Fraire, Chairperson

Director of policy and strategy at the Diana Natalicio Institute for Hispanic Student Success at the University of Texas at El Paso

Jacob Fraire serves as director of policy and strategy at the Diana Natalicio Institute for Hispanic Student Success at the University of Texas at El Paso. He also provides leadership to the Community College Association of Texas Trustees, an affinity organization of community college Board trustees and regents. Before joining UTEP, Mr. Fraire served president and CEO of the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC). He has also served as vice president of philanthropy at Texas Guaranteed Student Loans (TG) and as chief architect of TG’s corporate philanthropy and authored the company’s public policy advocacy blueprint.

Mr. Fraire served on the board of directors of Grantmakers for Education, and on the Committee on Measures of Student Success, a federal advisory committee authorized by Congress to study effective measurements of community college success. Mr. Fraire served as an education advocate and lobbyist for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), National Association of Student Employment Administrators, National Association for Migrant Education, and Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. He also served as director of legislation and policy analysis for HACU and as senior legislative coordinator for the law firm of Jorden, Burt, Berenson, & Johnson, LLP.

The son of migrant farm workers, Jacob grew up in El Paso, Texas.  In May 2013, he was awarded an honorary associates degree of applied arts from El Paso Community College.  He also holds a bachelor of science from St. Edward’s University and a Master of Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.