Luis Avila is a Vice President with 270 Strategies who joins the team after serving most recently as the National Program Director at Stand for Children, a non-profit grassroots advocacy organization dedicated to improving public school education. Among his accomplishments at Stand for Children was working with immigrant parents to mobilize thousands of voters to protect funding for their children's schools. During his tenure at the organization, he was awarded its National Leadership Award for his work supporting, coaching, and developing organizers around the country.
A longtime community organizer, Luis has held positions including Field Organizer in New Mexico for President Obama's 2008 campaign and Field Director at Arizona State University's ADA Parent Education Program - where he oversaw a program that united parents and teachers to transform the educational experiences of children both at home and at school. Luis serves on the board at the National Council of La Raza, the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. He was recognized in 2009 by Latino Perspectives Magazine as one of the 40 Hispanic Leaders Under 40 for his work in education and parental involvement programs for low-income families.
Born in Culiacan Sinaloa, Mexico, Luis founded a youth publication in Queretaro at the age of 16 to give students a chance to voice their opinions on social and political issues. His passion for giving others a voice eventually brought him to the United States, where he has spent the better part of his career working to improve the quality of life for people in his community by expanding access to quality education.
Luis has worked as a writer, director, and actor in both theater and film - and he hosted radio shows in Phoenix, AZ including the Spanish-language Sin Mordaza on 1190 AM and the bilingual youth show El Break on 95.1 FM. He enjoys salsa dancing in his free time and can be found on the weekends exploring his new neighborhood in Washington, DC.
Follow him on Twitter: @phoenikera.