Rafael "Rafa" Diaz
Rafael, 37, currently serves as a Judson ISD Trustee for the District 7 At-Large seat. He is a father, EdTech executive, small business owner, former post-secondary instructor, School Board Partner fellow, and active servant-leader focused on helping tapping into the potential of people through education and workforce development.
He has served for over 15 years at the intersection of education, public policy, community service, and business. He brings the intersection of these positionalities to his service to re-build a stronger student-centered educational system.
His ultimate goal is to improve Judson and public education by reimagining the system and how we serve scholars of all ages. He envisions a system that increases choice and access to diverse academic programs that provide scholars, families, and educators providing stronger agency over the academic journey. He believes that the educational system must leverage cultural and identity wealth to increase student engagement and outcomes. Judson ISD must implement more and stronger anti-racist and equity policies to ensure that all scholars succeed.
Rafael is a first-generation citizen with Cuban and Mexican parents. His wife, Hon. Marisa Perez-Diaz (D) is a ten-year elected member of the Texas State Board of Education. They have two children, ages three and four, with another baby on the way.