National Organizing and Collective Action Coordinator, Leadership for Educational Equity
L. Driskell-Garcia is a first-generation Chicana born to immigrant parents from Coahuila and Nayarit, Mexico. Raised in Chicago and educated in public schools, L has seen the immediate and long-lasting impact of the opportunity gap and educational inequity in underrepresented, underserved, and underfunded communities. L's passion for dismantling the systems of oppression that persist in our education system led her to begin a career as an educator, teaching multilingual SLIFE and ESL in Boston Public Schools. Here, she was inspired by her fellow Union Representatives at the Boston Teachers Union, and her organizing team, the Boston Education Action Network, to pursue roles in community organizing full-time. Working under Boston City Councilor Julia Mejia at the Collaborative Parent Leadership Action Network, L increased family engagement by creating opportunities for family-led organizing and leadership in schools across the Greater Boston region. L has continued her career in school-based organizing as the Manager of Massachusetts Organizing at Leadership for Educational Equity where she worked with over a hundred educators across the state to support student and teacher-led organizing in their classrooms. L is now the National Organizing and Collective Action Coordinator for Leadership for Educational Equity where she works with educators and organizers fighting for equitable educational opportunities for students across the country. L holds a B.A. in English with a research focus in Latinx Studies from Princeton University and a Master of Education with a focus in English as a Second Language from Boston University. L lives in Somerville, MA where she enjoys running through local community paths, baking, and working as a part-time cheesemonger.