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Local educator named to role at D.C. institute

The Washington, D.C.-based Institute for Educational Leadership has named José Muñoz of Albuquerque its director of Coalition for Community Schools.

José Muñoz

José Muñoz

Muñoz, who most recently served as director of the ABC Community Schools Partnerships in Albuquerque, will succeed Martin J. Blank, who was the founding director of the Coalition for Community Schools and is retiring, at IEL.

Muñoz will assume his position as director on Sept. 6, the group said in a news release.

“I’m extremely humbled to follow Marty Blank in this very important role. I’m encouraged that together as a coalition, we will firmly establish equity for our children and youth – the children and youth in whom we place our hope,” Muñoz said.

bright spotLisa Villarreal, chairwoman of the steering committee of the Coalition for Community Schools, said Muñoz has headed major youth development enterprises in Indiana, Florida, Las Vegas and New Mexico, “and comes with a deep understanding of what it takes to bring diverse groups of leaders together to create big wins for youth.”

In his role with the ABC Partnership, Muñoz has led the group’s unique cross-sector Joint Partnership Agreement between six public and private agencies for five years, IEL officials said, adding that he has played a key role in the tremendous growth of community schools in Albuquerque in just five years.

Prior to his efforts at ABC, he coordinated a Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative national model site for Bernalillo County, and also served youth and families with the Boys & Girls Clubs in three regions of the United States.

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