Communications Manager - Public Relations Specialist
Mariel (she/her/hers) joins The Education Trust–West with a background in K-12 education and expertise in writing, storytelling, press relations, and public speaking. She helps advance ETW’s mission by serving as a point person for the media, coordinating high-profile speaking engagements, and supporting content development. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Mariel worked as a consultant to schools, philanthropic foundations, afterschool providers, and social impact businesses on a wide range of messaging and engagement strategies. Prior to consulting, she served as a press assistant on Rep. Lauren Underwood’s (IL-14) first congressional campaign, where she headed up key communications projects, from television commercial shoots to election night public relations. Before joining the campaign, she ran the marketing department of an education technology company dedicated to empowering school districts to serve students more equitably using data. Before developing a specialty in communications, she worked as a journalist and researcher. Mariel holds a B.A. in African American Studies from Wesleyan University.