Hailing from Madison, Wisconsin, Aaron is a connector, communicator, and strategist who believes passionately in educational equity. He takes his inspiration from his grandparents, for whom education was the key to helping them overcome language barriers and discrimination in order to achieve success. Aaron wants to create opportunities for others and feels that his current roles as operations director for the Prison Education Initiative and senior advisor for academic and student affairs with the University of Wisconsin System - where he previously oversaw innovative, equity-focused public charter schools - provides him with platforms through which to make this happen. Aaron also believes in improving policies and systems by empowering leaders most impacted by those policies, as he did while assistant director at UW Hillel; and in helping former educators become civically active, something he focused on while at Leadership for Educational Equity, a national leadership development nonprofit. Aaron learned how to effectively advocate and represent the interests of others while practicing commercial and political law at a large Wisconsin law firm and promoting policy and communications for a national issue campaign. He began his career teaching Spanish with Teach For America in Washington, DC, where he saw first-hand the disconnect between the lives of his students and those of the national policymakers and lobbyists just a few metro stops from his school. Aaron has a B.A. from Washington University in St. Louis, an M.A. in education from American University, and a J.D. from the University of Wisconsin. He lives with his wife and their two daughters Mara (born February 2016), and Lielle (May 2019). Aaron enjoys cooking and spending as much time as possible outdoors.