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As the policy and advocacy associate, Leilani helps to keep Educate Texas abreast of legislative and regulatory changes to the state’s education landscape.

Leilani works across the K-12 and higher education spaces on topics related to effective teaching, teacher preparation, workforce alignment, credit transferability and postsecondary pathways.

Prior to joining CFT, Leilani worked in government relations, health care advocacy, nonprofit development and education. Her portfolio of advocacy work spanning both the public and private spheres makes her well-suited for her position at Educate Texas, a public-private initiative of CFT.
Leilani holds bachelor’s degrees in government and communication studies and master’s degrees in public health and public affairs, all from the University of Texas.

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Favorite Aspect of CFT

"The people. I feel very fortunate to be surrounded by colleagues who exhibit so much passion, positivity and expertise."