Destiny Ortega is an Associate Principal at Civic Consulting Alliance.

“The Surge movement enables effective, mission-oriented leaders to embed themselves in influential roles inside and outside our education system, agitating and advocating from all sides, to collectively advance educational equity. In my role at Civic Consulting Alliance, I am deliberately seeking to understand and dismantle structural racism by working across the educational, economic, and public safety sectors. While I focus largely on education projects, I know firsthand that achieving educational equity requires the collective transformation of all public systems. As part of the Surge movement, I aim to upend the status quo across the entire education sector and to specifically challenge us to prioritize Latinx communities in a system with few leaders who represent our community.”