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Audience in Lecture






Chief Impact and Strategy Officer


UP Partnership


Dr. Emily Calderón Galdeano believes in the power of collaboration (and data) to affect systems change. She is an advocate, scholar, educator, and evaluator with nearly 20 years in the education, community engagement, and policy arenas. Emily serves as the Chief Impact and Strategy Officer for UP Partnership, a collective impact organization with a goal to ensure all young people across Bexar County are ready for the future. Previously, Dr. Calderón Galdeano served as the Executive Director for the Texas Senate Hispanic Caucus and as the Legislative Director for a Texas State Senator. During her tenure as Director of Research for two national organizations, Excelencia in Education and the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), Emily worked with multiple funders to integrate research, policy, and data to help accelerate student success in higher education at universities in the US and Puerto Rico. She has also served as a university faculty member and is the co-editor of the international award-winning book, Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs): Advancing Research and Transformative Practice.

Emily’s leadership and research has been recognized in various spaces. As an alumna of the German Marshall Memorial Fellowship, Allstate Foundation Executive Leadership Program, San Antonio Business Journal 40 Under 40, Leadership San Antonio, and the Latina Leadership Institute, Emily believes in the power of giving back. In 2017, Emily co-founded Fiesta Wishes, a nonprofit organization that celebrates birthday fiestas for children in foster and homeless care to inspire hope, create memories, and bring smiles. She serves on the boards of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Red Cross: Greater San Antonio Chapter, and as Chair of the City of Castle Hills Economic Development Committee. She and her husband, Dr. Daniel Galdeano, are proud supporters of UTSA Roadrunner football, and love barbecuing and traveling with their daughter, Jacqueline, as much as possible.

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