Jose Patiño

Jose Patiño

Greater Phoenix Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2021-22, Economic Opportunities Program

Director, Education & External Affairs, Aliento Education Fund, Phoenix, Arizona

Jose Patiño is a DACA recipient, former high school teacher, activist, and organizer. Jose is currently the Director of Education and External Affairs at Aliento, a local organization focusing on DACA recipients and undocumented youth. Jose leads Aliento’s Educated for Arizona’s Future campaign to grant instate tuition and publicly funded scholarships to undocumented & DACA students at Arizona’s public community colleges and universities. Jose is a board member for Student Learn Students Vote National Coalition, and chair of the Arizona Dreamers Scholarship Fund. Previously, Jose served on the Arizona Department of Education School Safety Taskforce, the City of Mesa 2020 Census Taskforce, and on the National DACA Advisory Board for Teach for America as the Chair of Advocacy Committee.

Jose Patiño is a member of the Greater Phoenix Workforce Leadership Academy, Class of 2021-22. Click here to learn more about local leadership academies in the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network.

The Workforce Leadership Academies are part of the Economic Opportunity Fellows Network, a network of leadership and fellowship programs run by the Aspen Institute Economic Opportunities Program. Within this Network, EOP connects national and local leaders from across sectors — nonprofit, government, business, philanthropy, academia, and more — to advance policies and practices with the potential to help low- and moderate-income Americans thrive in today’s economy. Learn more at

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