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Delia Pompa

Senior Fellow for Education Policy, Migration Policy Institute

Delia Pompa is Senior Fellow for Education Policy at MPI’s National Center on Immigrant Integration Policy where her work focuses on research and policy analysis related to improving educational services for immigrant students and English Language Learners (ELLs).

Prior to MPI, Ms. Pompa was Senior Vice President for Programs for the National Council of La Raza (NCLR), overseeing its education, health, housing, workforce development, and immigrant integration work, and where she previously served as Vice President of Education. She has had a key role in shaping federal education policy through her positions as Director of the Office of Bilingual Education and Minority Languages Affairs in the U.S. Department of Education, and as Executive Director of the National Association for Bilingual Education.

Ms. Pompa came to Washington, DC to serve as Director of Education for the Children’s Defense Fund after serving as Assistant Commissioner for Program Development at the Texas Education Agency. Her previous experience as Executive Director for Bilingual and Migrant Education in the Houston Independent School District and as a bilingual classroom teacher and instructor to prospective teachers at the graduate level has anchored her work.

Her influence has been felt widely throughout the field of education policy; she has served as an advisor or board member for many other key institutions including the Chapter I Commission and the Stanford Working Group, the Civil Rights and Business Coalition on the Reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, the American Youth Policy Forum, EdReports, the National PTA, International Baccalaureate, and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center.


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