Hello All,

It is our pleasure to introduce Dr. Antonio Cidiel as the first AZALAS Annual Conference keynote speaker.  He will be giving us all a preview of his Spring presentation during the AZALAS Mini Conference on November 8th. We have included his photo and short bio for your information.  Please be sure to register for the Mini as soon as you can at http://azalas.org/azalas-mini-conference-2020/  Thanks!

Panfilo Contreras, AZALAS Executive Director

Dr. Antonio Cediel, CEO, trains and coaches education, corporate, and nonprofit leaders from throughout the country. In the education world, he’s worked with school and district leaders in Los Angeles, Chicago, San Francisco, Oakland, Minneapolis, St. Paul, El Paso, Santa Fe, and numerous other cities. In the corporate sector, he’s worked with a range of companies including Google, JP Morgan, Target, American Airlines, Clorox, Capital One, Pandora, and numerous others. And nonprofit clients include the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, the Florida Rights Restoration Coalition, and other criminal justice reform organizations. In addition to his consulting work, Antonio helps manage a national campaign to end urban gun violence and reform the criminal justice system and has had his commentaries on these subjects profiled in the New York Times and other publications.


Before beginning his consulting career, Antonio served as a teacher, principal, associate superintendent, and deputy superintendent in urban school districts. During his tenure as a deputy superintendent in the Boston Public Schools, the district was repeatedly identified as one of the top five performing urban districts in the country based on overall performance and progress in closing achievement gaps.

Dr. Cediel holds a B.A. in religious studies from Brown University, an M.A. in Latin American history from California State University, and masters and doctoral degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He has also taught leadership courses at Harvard and the University of Chicago, but his best students were the men at San Quentin State Prison where he taught history.