Francisco Miguel Araiza is the deputy executive director of Next100, a startup think tank for a new generation of policy leaders.
He has spent his career leveraging research and data to advocate for more inclusive, just, and equitable public policies.
Francisco was most recently the director of research and policy at The Education Trust–New York (Ed Trust–NY), where he led the research and policy team on educational equity issues from early childhood to college completion, while supporting the organization’s internal and external strategic planning. Prior to Ed Trust–NY, he was at the Citizens’ Committee for Children, where he was a data and policy associate and provided research support for the organization’s policy agenda across a range of child well-being issue areas. Francisco’s passion for public policy stems from his first-hand experience of social policy inequities as a low-income and undocumented youth.
Francisco was born in Guadalajara, Mexico, was raised in Southern California, and now proudly calls New York City home. He has a master’s degree in public administration from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Francisco double-majored in political science and philosophy at the University of California Berkeley.