Jorge Elorza, known for serving as the mayor of Providence for two terms from 2015 to 2023, has announced his next move after leaving office. Elorza has been appointed as CEO of Democrats for Education Reform (DFER), an affiliate of the non-partisan organization Education Reform Now. DFER develops educational policies and supports Democratic leaders who aim to provide students with high-quality education. During his tenure as mayor, Elorza made efforts to improve underperforming schools, investing $400 million in building repairs, advocating for public charter schools, and launching the African American Ambassador Group. DFER’s interim CEO Shakira Petit lauded Elorza for prioritizing students’ interests above adult politics. Elorza expressed his commitment to transform public education to serve all students, especially the historically marginalized ones. Prior to being a mayor, he co-founded the Latino Policy Institute and taught law at Roger Williams University.

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