Regional Advocacy Director – Rio Grande Valley
Giovanni Escobedo joined the Raise Your Hand Texas Foundation in fall 2019 as the regional advocacy director for the Rio Grande Valley. He has served more than 15 years as a community organizer and activist working with local, state, and national governments to address issues in education, equity, and immigration. His passion for connecting public policy and government with communities led him to work as a legislative staffer for the United States Congress and the Texas Senate. Recently, he served as a legislative assistant for State Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa.
In 2013, Giovanni received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which gave him access to many of the opportunities he was denied in the past. Like many immigrants, Giovanni has worked hard to attain his education and is proud to have received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley.
Giovanni grew up in Dallas, where he had the opportunity to attend and graduate from Thomas Jefferson High School, a Texas Title I public school. He is a proud first-generation college graduate and is thrilled to work alongside his Rio Grande Valley community to strengthen public education.
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