Steve Lainez received his Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the National Urban Fellows program at Baruch College in 2012. He also holds a M.A. in International Relations from the University of Indianapolis. As a National Urban Fellow, Steve was selected by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to work on two national funding initiatives targeting education and at-risk male youth for the Foundation’s Vulnerable Populations Portfolio. Fluent in three languages, Steve has extensive experience advocating within and on behalf of underserved communities and has a keen understanding of serving an increasingly diverse Latino community. His experiences include designing and developing afterschool, mentoring and academic enrichment programs for youth in Indianapolis, as well as policy analysis on election and campaign finance reform for the National Association of Latino Elected Officials and the Fund for Public Advocacy. This combination of community-based engagement, program development and policy advocacy should enable Steve to convene key community stakeholders and form a cohesive coalition to strengthen the educational outcomes of youth in Eastern North Philadelphia.