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Danielle Zaragoza, M.Ed.

Deputy Director, Higher Education Policy
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Favorite quote
"The ability to read, write and analyze; the confidence to stand up and demand justice and equality; the qualifications and connections to get your foot in that door and take your seat at the table — all of that starts with education."
— Michelle Obama
Joined CFT

As deputy director of higher education policy for Educate Texas, Danielle identifies and advocates for innovative higher education and workforce policy solutions at the federal, state and institutional levels. She is also the staff lead for the Texas Student Success Council, which brings together diverse stakeholders to advance and advocate for policies that promote increased postsecondary student success in the 21st-century economy.

Prior to joining CFT, Danielle was on the postsecondary team at HCM Strategists, a public policy consulting firm, where her work focused on issues including postsecondary finance, transfer policy research, and implementing strategic plans. Prior to that, she worked for Rep. Mary González and Sen. Royce West in the Texas Legislature.

Danielle holds a bachelor’s in philosophy from Texas Tech University and a master’s in educational leadership and policy from the University of Texas at Austin.


Danielle was a member of the inaugural cohort of the Postsecondary National Policy Institute’s Emerging Leadership Development Program in 2021.

Danielle’s Favorites
Equity in education
Place to take out-of-towners
Floating or kayaking the San Marcos River
Spending time outdoors running, camping, backpacking and kayaking, as well as cooking, baking, gardening, spending time with my dog, and watching any sport Texas Tech is playing in!

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