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Louis Malfaro

Louis Malfaro is a Texas educator, labor leader, nonprofit executive and public-school advocate. He serves currently as the Associate Executive Director of Austin Voices for Education and Youth, a nonprofit organization that helps schools become Community Schools and supports students and families who attend public schools. Malfaro served as president of the 65,000-member Texas American Federation of Teachers (Texas AFT) from 2015-2019. He started his career as an elementary bilingual education teacher in Austin, Texas in 1987. Malfaro served as president of the Austin Federation of Teachers from 1992-1999 and as president of Education Austin from 1999 to 2010. He served as secretary-treasurer of the Texas AFT from 2010 to 2015 when he became the president of Texas AFT.

Malfaro has served on the board of the National Immigration Forum and was a member of the Austin Equity Commission. He has served on the non-profit boards of Liveable City Austin and AVANCE Austin. Malfaro also served as president of the Austin Central Labor Council from 2002-2007.

Malfaro received a B.S. in Bilingual Elementary Education from the University of Texas in 1987 after studying at Penn State University, La Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico, and Austin Community College. He studied public policy at the LBJ School of Public Affairs and at the Institute of Latin American Studies at the University of Texas from 1992 to 1994. He is married to Lisa Maxwell Malfaro, a bilingual educator and counselor, and has two sons, Ben and Liam.

Louis Malfaro
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