Manny A. Aceves ’04, M.A. ’07, Ed.D. ’13 is the Associate Dean for Strategic Engagement at Loyola Marymount University School of Education. In this senior leadership role, Dr. Aceves is responsible for leading the SOE’s external engagement efforts, supporting relationships with existing partners, and cultivating new and mutually beneficial partnerships that support preparation, professional development, outreach, and impact. Additionally, as a champion for social justice, Dr. Aceves serves as a part-time faculty member where he expands his influence by educating teachers and future leaders through graduate-level courses in education policy and research.
Before returning to his long-time career at LMU, Dr. Aceves served as the Chief External Impact Officer at KIPP SoCal Public Schools. As a member of the senior leadership team, Dr. Aceves oversaw government relations, advocacy and community engagement, development and fundraising, and marketing and communications efforts. Prior to joining KIPP SoCal, Dr. Aceves was the Associate Dean for Strategic Partnerships and Educational Effectiveness in the School of Education at LMU. He began his career in education as a middle-school teacher in Los Angeles.
Dr. Aceves has held positions of leadership in numerous educational organizations. He currently serves on the governing board of directors for Bright Star Schools, is a member of Education Leaders of Color (EdLoC), and is a research advisory member for the California Educator Diversity Research Project at the UCLA Center for the Transformation of Schools. Previously, he served on the board of directors for WISH Charter Schools and on the Playa Vista Elementary School Advisory Board, after serving as the founding chair of the School Site Council at Playa Vista Elementary School. In addition, he served on the Green Dot Public Schools Administrator-in-Residence (AIR) Program Advisory Board and was the treasurer for the Association of Jesuit Schools and Universities (AJCU) Deans of Education Conference. Dr. Aceves was also a founding and former board member for the Teach for America Los Angeles Associates Board.
Dr. Aceves is a proud first-generation college graduate. He is a triple alumnus of LMU, receiving his Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership for Social Justice, Master of Arts in School Administration, and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also holds California credentials in both teaching and administration.