Vice President of Educational Outreach
Arizona State University (ASU)
Beatriz Rendón is vice president of Educational Outreach at Arizona State University (ASU) and chief executive officer of ASU Preparatory Academy charter schools (ASU Prep), where she is responsible for building and diversifying the pipeline of college going students into ASU. ASU Prep is ASU’s innovative, PreK-12 public charter school, currently serving over 2000 students across a diverse socioeconomic spectrum.
The schools are located in three geographic locations, one urban and one suburban. The urban location serves a non-white majority student population of which 70% of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch. It was a “turnaround” school when it was inherited as a failing school in 2009 but is currently a high performing school. ASU Prep’s mission and achievements to date illustrate that all students from all socio-economic backgrounds can achieve a four-year university degree, compete globally and contribute to their communities. Most recently, ASU Prep realized a 100% high school graduation rate and 100% post-secondary attainment rate across it's network, demonstrating that students from all socio-economic backgrounds can achieve a four-year university degree, compete globally and contribute to their communities. ASU Prep will start a new high school in rural Casa Grande, Arizona, on August 1. Beatriz is currently leading expansion plans to significantly increase ASU Prep's footprint.
As the former executive director of Strategic Alliances for the Critical Path Institute, Beatriz provided leadership and philanthropic development support to scientific researchers working on pre-competitive biomarkers for important diseases. Beatriz also served as the chief business officer for the Tucson Unified School District, the second largest district in Arizona, where she managed an operating budget of $360 million and helped resolve multi-million dollar deficits. From 1995-2007 Beatriz worked in several executive capacities at the Chicago Public Schools, the third largest school district in the country, including leading “Renaissance 2010,” an initiative that launched in 2005 with the goal of opening 100 new, independently operated schools by 2010.
Beatriz was recently appointed as a member of the President's Advisory Commission on Educational Excellence for Hispanics. A first-generation college student, Beatriz holds a BA from the University of Arizona in political science, a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, and a JD from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Born and raised in El Paso, TX, Beatriz is fluent in Spanish, and is also an accomplished saxophonist. Beatriz and her husband are parents of five children ages 9 to 17.