Senior Manager of Engagement and Operations, The Education Trust-Tennessee

Vilmaris González is the Senior Manager of Engagement and Operations for The Education Trust-Tennessee, where she leads the student voice initiative, partnership engagement, and operations. Currently, she is pursuing a Master of Education degree at Vanderbilt University’s Peabody College of Education in the Learning, Diversity, and Urban Studies program. Previously, she served as the Engagement and Leadership Development Manager at Conexion Americas and on behalf of the Tennessee Educational Equity Coalition. Vilmaris is Tennessee raised, but a New Jersey Boricua at heart. Growing up in Tennessee she understands the true necessity for educational equity and what that looks like for historically underserved communities, especially in the rural context. Her rooted passion for education stems from her time working with youth in the US and internationally in both Spain and Romania while pursuing her undergraduate studies. Shortly after graduating from the University of Tennessee, she relocated to the Dominican Republic to work at Global Glimpse, an international nonprofit that focuses on cross-cultural education and leadership development opportunities for Dominican and American youth. She then worked at a bilingual school in Santiago de Los Caballeros for two years before deciding to return to Tennessee in the hopes of being a change agent for her home state. Locally, Vilmaris has been involved with Boricua solidarity efforts. Following the aftermath of Hurricane Irma and Maria, she collaborated with other Boricuas and Latinx community members and organized a Boricua Benefit Series to raise funds for a local organization in Puerto Rico assisting with aid and relief. In March of 2018, she was a member of the second Southern Solidarity Brigade that went to Puerto Rico and worked alongside the Federacion de Maestros de Puerto Rico. On the one year anniversary of Hurricane Maria, members of the Southern Solidarity Brigade in Nashville held a vigil to mourn the lost lives of over 3,000 American citizens. Her solidarity efforts are ongoing in the community. Vilmaris is the recipient of the 2018 Outstanding Alumni Award from the Modern Foreign Languages and Literature Department at the University of Tennessee. She currently serves on the board of the Nashville Urban Debate League and is a member of the Nashville Emerging Leaders Class of 2020 and the Complete Tennessee Leadership Institute Class of 2019.