Antonio Parés is a Partner with the Donnell-Kay Foundation. In this role, he works to ensure all Coloradans have a quality education through the creation of partnerships, the deployment of disruptive and innovative strategies, and the informing and influencing of policy and policy leaders. Prior to DK, Antonio served as the Education Policy Director for the Mayor's Office of Children's Affairs at the City of Denver. There he advised City leadership on education issues and policy and established a team focused on Denver's education continuum. He has also consulted with multiple national nonprofits focused on educational equity, worked on local political campaigns both in Texas and Colorado, and supported two school turnaround efforts within Denver Public Schools. Antonio started his career as a secondary social studies teacher with Teach For America in Texas along the US-Mexico border.
Antonio serves as President of the Board of Directors for Inside the Orchestra, was a founding member of the United Neighborhoods Governance Council - a collective impact and funding initiative focused on north Denver, and was appointed by Governor Hickenlooper to the Colorado Charter School Institute Board in 2016. Antonio is a Colorado native and a proud third-generation alumnus of the University of Colorado Boulder, where he studied political science.