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Arron Jiron, Associate Program Director

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Arron joined the Foundation in 2012, and he is the associate program director for the Education Program. Arron leads the team’s grantmaking in Education Policy and Advocacy, with an overall focus on supporting California’s implementation of new math and science standards and on expanding civic learning, character development, and environmental literacy to improve the quality of student learning in- and out-of-school. Before joining the Foundation, and for six years, Arron was a program officer at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, where he led grantmaking for policy, advocacy, and systems building to advance early education and youth development programs. Prior to that, Arron was the development director for a state intermediary that improves access and quality of youth development programs in California.  Arron started his career at a community action agency in Nebraska, where he led the creation of the Youth Opportunities Center, a comprehensive education division for low-income youth and young adults. There, he co-developed a nationally recognized restorative justice project for youth in the juvenile justice system, launched a YouthBuild program, and designed a regional workforce development system for adults.