District 1, (D)
Term Expires: 12/31/2023

Biography

Dr. Landon Mascareñaz is a Vice President at A+ Colorado, an action think tank focused on school districts across Colorado. He leads the organization’s advocacy, development and partnership efforts to build momentum for educational change across Colorado. Landon is a regular writer and speaker on issues of education, family engagement and politics. He is thrilled to serve on the state board of Community Colleges and Occupational Education as his mom taught in community colleges and his father attended one in pursuit of his degree in construction management.

Dr. Mascareñaz previously worked in Denver Public Schools, leading a team in the office of Family and Community Engagement. He spurred efforts to double the home visits in the district, rethinking community engagement in turnaround, ensuring families had information about their school performance and prioritizing district services to schools in need. Landon received his Doctorate in Education Leadership from Harvard Graduate School of Education with a focus on boundary-spanning leadership. While in graduate school, Landon worked at the Tennessee Department of Education and supported the design and launch of the NACA Inspired Schools Network, an indigenous schools network. He began his career teaching first grade on the Navajo Nation and then went on to run Teach For America - New Mexico for five years. Along with colleagues across the country, he helped found the Native Alliance Initiative, an effort to commit to indigenous communities through authentic partnership.

Landon is a Pahara Next Generation Fellow and a Flamboyan National Family Engagement Fellow. He serves on the boards of Latino for Education, Colorado Youth Congress and the American Indian Academy of Denver.

Born in California, raised in Colorado, educated in Oregon and having spent the majority of his professional career in the four corners region leads Landon to consider the entire western United States his home. His family traces their roots back centuries in Colorado and New Mexico. He lives in Denver with his wife who is also from the west. Landon is committed to bringing a community partnership focus and abundance mindset to all education endeavors he works on.

"Our Community Colleges are critical opportunity engines across Colorado. As a son of a mom who taught in community colleges and a father who attended one, I know how critical they are for families. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to serve my state to support these important community institutions."