Dilan A. Pedraza (he/him/el) is the Teach Plus National Policy Specialist. In this role, Dilan supports teachers from across the country to advance equity-driven federal policy change. Dilan served as Legislative Staff for U.S. Senator Jeffrey A. Merkley (D-OR), advising the Senator on immigration, labor, early childhood, and housing policy. Dilan was a Teach For America (TFA) 2016 corps member and taught 8th grade English in his hometown of Richmond, California. Dilan received a scholarship from The West Contra Costa Public Education Fund for college when he graduated from John F. Kennedy High School in 2012. Serving on the board of the Ed Fund is both an honor and a full circle experience for him. Growing up in a high poverty household, Dilan believes education to be a tool to overcome societal and systematic obstacles. Dilan holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science: Legal Studies from California State University, Chico.