September 25, 2017

Marco Durazo, Director of Mission Beacon Center

MarcoLet’s keep the coordinator appreciations and celebrations going!

Marco is originally from San Diego. He has considerable experience working in community development and public education. He has worked as a parent engagement specialist, after school program coordinator, and as a adjunct instructor at UCLA. Marco joined Mission Graduates as the Beacon Director at Everett Middle School in the Mission District 3 years ago. He’s currently running for City Council for San Bruno, where he is heavily involved. Marco received his Bachelor’s Degree and Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from UCLA and his Master’s Degree in Political Science from MIT.

Here are some special words of appreciation from his Executive Director, Principal, and the San Francisco Beacon Initiative:

“Marco is a natural leader, building family in his team, and instilling incredible respect and admiration from his staff. His focus on programming and partnership is: “How do we best support youth and their families?” Passionate and driven by a value of social justice, he is committed to ensuring Latino and African American can achieve and thrive in spite of the challenges they face from systemic marginalization and oppression.” – Eddie Kaufman

“Marco comes to this work with a strong vision for equity; he is very clear about holding high expectations for all of the students the Beacon serves, especially those students who will be the first in their families to graduate college. He is a dream collaborator with the school day folks, and has helped us create a model partnership between during and after school. We feel tremendously lucky to work alongside Marco and his team.” – Lena Van Haren

“Marco’s leadership is clear through his expectations. He has high expectations for himself, high expectations for his team, and high expectations for those who support the work at the system level. He works in true partnership with his school and has created a family among his Beacon staff.” – SFBI

Thank you, Marco!