José Muñoz has served as the Director of the Coalition for Community Schools initiative since 2017. He brings over 25 years of cross-sector partnership experience for youth, family, and community development across the United States. He previously was the ABC Community School Partnership executive director, which is a unique cross-sector joint partnership agreement between Albuquerque Public Schools, the City of Albuquerque, Bernalillo County, the Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Central New Mexico, and the University of New Mexico. During his time at the ABC Community School Partnership, he served the children in Albuquerque and across New Mexico. José strategically scaled up the community schools strategy from four to 26 schools in five years, securing over three million dollars through successful policy advocacy and developing key partnerships for community schools with state and local governments, school districts, teachers unions, and local businesses. In 2014, José won the first Community Schools Initiative Leadership Award.
Before ABC Community School Partnership, he served three states, four counties, and nine cities through the Boys & Girls Clubs. José developed high-quality, out-of-school time activities and led gang prevention, intervention, and re-entry programs, earning a national legacy award. He developed full-service Clubs that met the needs of every child and family. He is a founding member of the Southern Nevada Community Gang Task Force and is responsible for establishing a youth-run business. José expanded his service in Bernalillo County, New Mexico as the Coordinator of a national model site for the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative supported by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
José is married to the lovely Leslie Muñoz, and they have a blended family of two sons and three daughters. In their free time, the Muñozes like to serve their community through their church and by leading community groups.
Bernice serves as the Partnerships Manager for Coalition for Community Schools since 2016. Prior, she was a senior associate at the Data Quality Campaign, where she aided in the alignment of local, state, and federal policy recommendations, providing education leaders with information to support students and families. She analyzed emerging policies and practices, convened national thought leaders, and worked with partner organizations to aid local and district leaders in using evidence to improve student outcomes. Her previous experience includes service as the program director of the Memphis Talent Dividend and Graduate Memphis, two action initiatives of Leadership Memphis. While there, she managed a community collaborative with over 80 partners to execute city-wide education initiatives.
Bernice began her career in Washington, D.C. as a Capital City Fellow. She completed rotations with D.C.'s Department of Youth Rehabilitation Services, Department of Housing and Community Development, Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management, and Office of the State Superintendent of Education. In 2010, Bernice accepted a position as an administrative budget manager and grant coordinator of the City of Saginaw, Mich, where she managed the city’s performance management program and CitiStat initiative and managed budget functions for four departments: Fiscal Services, Technical Services, Public Works, and Economic Development. In 2012, Bernice was selected as a White House Strong Cities, Strong Communities Fellow. In this capacity, she worked as an advisor to the mayor of Memphis and city administrator focused on evaluating government operations and helping build a performance management system consisting of key performance indicators, ChoiceStat, and a digital data warehouse.
Born and raised in Georgia, Bernice earned a bachelor’s degree from Georgia State University in psychology with a minor in political science. She earned a master’s in public administration with a concentration on local government management from the University of Georgia’s School of Public and International Affairs. She has served on the Georgia Supreme Court Committee on Justice for Children (2007–08) and Georgia’s Children and Youth Coordinating Council (2005–08). Bernice is also 2016 graduate of the Institute for Educational Leadership’s D.C. Education Policy Fellowship Program.