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Bruce Leal

Bruce Leal

Fellow

 

Senate Office

Senator Mazie Hirono

 

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As an APAICS Congressional Fellow, Bruce is excited to work on native education policies in the Office of Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI). Prior to becoming a Fellow, Bruce worked as the Tribal Education Specialist for the National Indian Education Association in developing tribal initiatives to foster the teaching of native students. As a first generation college graduate, he is committed to advocating for policies and practices to improve the outcomes for students and families in AANHPI communities.

 

 

After graduating college, he worked to improve the educational outcomes of at-risk youth in Southeast DC through City Year and later taught U.S. History & Government in a high school special education setting through Teach for America (TFA) in Waipahu, Hawai’i. While teaching in Hawai’i, he worked as a Policy Advisor Fellow to a member on the Hawai’i State Board of Education (HIBOE) and supported diversity recruitment initiatives in the TFA Hawai’i region. In this role, he worked to pass a new state policy on multilingual education to ensure that schools are creating learning environments which draw from  the rich linguistic diversity and cultural strengths of Hawaii’s students. As a result of these efforts, Hawai’i is now one of only two states to hold this policy that seeks to address a nearly 20 point nation-wide graduation gap between English Learners and the national average. These experiences enabled him to become involved with Leadership for Educational Equity, where he supported numerous successful political campaigns at the local and state level across the country. Continuing on the track of public policy, he later served as the Legislative and Campaign Finance Director for a State Senator in the Maryland General Assembly.

 

Bruce earned his B.A. in Psychology and Philosophy from The George Washington University and his M.S.Ed from Johns Hopkins University. He currently serves as an Advisory Council Member on Teach for America’s Native Alliance Initiative.

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