Welcome Eliza Fabillar to Advance CTE!

Hello, I’m delighted to be joining Advance CTE as a Senior Advisor where I’ll be leading the strategy, design and delivery of technical assistance to support states and serving as a coach for state teams. I live in the Boston, Massachusetts area. I’m committed to educational equity and passionate about preparing all students for success in school, college, career and life.

For 15 years, I was senior project director at the Education Development Center (EDC), where I directed a range of education programs and collaborated with local and state education leaders nationwide. I coached leadership teams on design thinking, continuous improvement and strategic planning. I led curriculum design for career pathways and developed professional development for Career Technical Education (CTE) and academic teachers. I worked with a state on aligning programs of study with career pathways and facilitated professional communities of practice. 

Prior to working at EDC, I was Co-Director, Education at the Center for Media and Learning of the City University of New York for a decade. I directed a number of initiatives to advance interdisciplinary education, early college models, culturally responsive policy and practice and school-college partnerships. Recently, I served as an interim executive director for a teacher workforce development nonprofit.

Early in my career, I was inspired by young adult students while teaching at the Consortium for Worker Education.  I’m fortunate to have collaborated with so many amazing educators, leaders, and funders who share a commitment to tackling systemic inequities.  

I was born in the Philippines and grew up in New York City. I hold a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology and Education from Columbia University. I received my bachelor’s degree from the City University of New York and am a product of the New York City public school system. 

I love to travel, hike, run races, take drawing classes, play tennis and spend time with family and friends. While I don’t like the cold, I do enjoy cross-country skiing, especially in the backcountry. I also practice and teach yoga and meditation. 

I look forward to working with the organization’s members and partners, engaging with you through technical assistance and communities of practice to advance CTE without limits. 

Eliza Fabillar, Senior Advisor

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