Dr. Landon Mascarenaz
Landon is currently a Senior Partner for Advocacy & Alliances at A+ Colorado. His role is focused on supporting and building the capacity of systems in Colorado to work with community and families and building the agency of families and communities to push these systems. In this, he also works with Achieve and the Coalition Support Network, ensuring that strategic coalitions across the country are focused on families and communities.
He spent the past three years working in the Office of Family & Community Engagement at Denver Public Schools. During that time, he led the Family Empowerment team: a diverse group of central office staff dedicated to building partnerships at all levels of the system. While at DPS, he worked on efforts to open the system broadly: nearly 12,000 visits between teacher and families, multiple schools engaging in community driven school design, all DPS schools hosting performance conversations with families and other projects.
From 2005-2012 Landon served as the executive director of Teach For America – New Mexico for five years, nearly tripling dollars raised and leading the organization in staff satisfaction. Along with others, he co-founded the Native Alliance Initiative, a multi-region effort within Teach For America to develop authentic partnerships with tribal communities, recruit more indigenous teachers, and develop culturally responsive instruction.
Landon completed his Doctor of Education Leadership degree from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education in 2015 with a focus on politics, boundary-spanning leadership and policy. While in graduate school, he worked in the Tennessee Department of Education and supported the design and launch of the NACA Inspired Schools Network, the nation’s first indigenous charter school network. He began his career teaching first grade on the Navajo Nation in Church Rock, New Mexico where his fiancé taught across the hall from him.
He is currently a National Fellow at the Flamboyan Foundation, focused on accelerating best practice family engagement work across Colorado and is also a fellow with the Pahara Next Generation cohort, bringing diverse leaders together to create a movement for education justice in our country. He also serves on the board of Latinos for Education, a groundbreaking non-profit dedicated to accelerating the next generation of Latino leadership talent.
Landon was born in California, raised in Colorado, attended college in Oregon and began his professional career in the four corners region – leading him to consider the entire western United States his home. He enjoys spending time with his family (especially his niece and nephews), friends, loves great discussions, reading, and developing his meditation practice.