Background: Justin Trinidad is an analyst with Bellwether Education Partners on the Policy and Thought Leadership team. Since joining the team, Justin has worked on a variety of issues including teacher preparation, policies affecting youth who have experienced significant disruptions in their education, and political landscape analysis. Prior to Bellwether, Justin served as an adviser at the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), where he worked on the community engagement and intergovernmental affairs teams to connect the AAPI community to important federal government resources. Before joining the Initiative, Justin was the Civil Rights Fellow at OCA – Asian Pacific American Advocates, where he managed the organization’s education policy portfolio which focused on AAPI data disaggregation in the passage and implementation of the Every Students Succeeds Act, undocumented student access to higher education, and college access and affordability. Justin received his bachelor’s degree in Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia.
Why I do this work: As a first generation Filipino-American immigrant and a product of Virginia’s public school system, I want to help ensure that all students, regardless of where they come from or where they live, have the same access and opportunities.