Stephanie Parra is the Arizona Education Association’s (AEA) Government Relations Director. She advocates for public school students and employees and lobbies state lawmakers.

Stephanie is currently serving on the Phoenix Union High School District’s Governing Board in Ward 3. Stephanie is an educator committed to improving public schools in Arizona. A first-generation American citizen, Stephanie was born and raised in Yuma, AZ and is a product of Arizona public schools. She is passionate about ensuring every student in Arizona receives an excellent education and is adequately prepared to succeed in college, career and life.

Stephanie’s career began in children’s justice, where she worked to ensure children were in safe and strong homes. Through her time there, Stephanie saw how education could transform life opportunities for children. She then transitioned to higher education and worked at Arizona State University to make that dream a reality for more students.  Determined to have an impact on education outcomes for students, Stephanie specialized in social entrepreneurship and has a specific passion for coaching and developing education entrepreneurs. Stephanie also served as the Executive Director for the T.W. Lewis Foundation overseeing the Foundation’s annual giving budget with a focus on education, children and families.

As one of the first in her family to attend college, Stephanie understands the power of a great education. Stephanie holds a Bachelor of Science in Justice Studies, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, and a Master of Education in Higher and Postsecondary Education from Arizona State University.

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