Icela Pelayo

Icela Pelayo
Program Officer,
W.K. Kellogg Foundation

Icela Pelayo is a program officer at the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, working on the foundation’s efforts on racial equity, community engagement, and leadership to support thriving children, working families, and equitable communities. Previously, she served in various roles at the New Mexico Public Education Department (NMPED), including deputy cabinet secretary for teaching and learning (leading strategic efforts and coordinated policy, program, fiscal management across the department in support of the state’s educators and students), director of operations, and director of bilingual multicultural education (leading the development and implementation of comprehensive state policy that aligned technical assistance, reporting, and monitoring to support bilingual multicultural education and English Learner programs). Pelayo received her PhD in K–12 urban education policy from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.

updated 2010

Publications by Icela Pelayo
California’s Quality Education Investment Act
In a new PACE Working Paper, Margaret Bridges and Bruce Fuller from the University of California, Berkeley; Andrew McEachin and Icela Pelayo, from University of Southern California; and Neal Finkelstein from WestEd, San Francisco worked together to…
What is a good teacher? Do good teachers make a difference in improving student achievement? While these are simple questions, the answers are more complex. Policymakers and educators are searching for strategies to improve student outcomes. In the…
As the "Year of Education" draws to a close, PACE is reviving its signature publication, Conditions of Education in California, in order to sustain focus on the long-term comprehensive educational reforms that California needs. In this edition of…