Robel’s (he/him) passion for educational equity began as child, growing up in a low-income community in the heart of Maryland. His parents’ passions, sacrifice and overarching belief in the transformative power of an education fostered in him the belief that every single child have access to a high-quality public education. His experiences as a student led him to begin his career in education as an inner-city English Language Arts teacher with Teach For America in both traditional and charter schools in Nashville. He later served as the Community Engagement & Outreach Manager at KIPP, and led community efforts revolving around student recruitment, parental mobilization and advocacy in the founding of KIPP Antioch College Prep Elementary School. Robel earned undergraduate degrees in Spanish and Foreign Affairs from the University of Virginia and a Master’s in Education from Lipscomb University. Robel is the son of Ethiopian immigrants and is fluent in Spanish and Amharic.