To elicit input and draw from the diverse perspectives of established and dedicated educators, advocates, and leaders who have a deeply rooted interest in the current state and future of English Learner education and policy


  • Act as an advisory body and information filter for CEEL's Director, Associate Director and staff
  • Provide guidance, feedback, and expertise on CEEL's work and overall structure, including processes for evaluation and outreach in an effort to ensure the highest level of impact and efficacy
  • Advise the Center for Equity for English Learners on long-range plans, proposals, research and evaluation efforts, and professional development initiatives
  • Identify and advocate what types of products and educational offerings should be developed and offered for the education of English Learners through the CEEL
  • Participate in advisory sessions to discuss the marketing of educational offerings, materials and other CEEL resources
  • Recommend and engage in activities and initiatives that further the CEEL's mission and support the work of the educational community

Advisory Board Members

  • Araceli Simeon, Executive Director, Parent Organization Network
  • Brissa Sotelo-Vargas, Director, Community Relations & Government Affairs at Valero Energy Corporation
  • Dr. Maria Quezada, Educational Consultant, Past CABE CEO and Director, Project 2INSPIRE
  • Dr. Hilda Maldonado, Superintendent, Santa Barbara Unified School District
  • Kerry Franco, President and Chief Deputy of Strategic Partnerships and Innovation
  • Monica Rodriguez, Councilwoman, Los Angeles City Council, 7th District
  • Dr. Adam Sawyer, Director of Liberal Studies and the Bilingual Authorization Program, California State University, Bakersfield