Mariela Meza, 2017-18

Mariela Meza KIPP NYC


After graduating from KIPP Academy Middle School in the Bronx, Mariela attended Emma Willard School, an all-girls boarding school in Troy, New York. After Emma Willard, Mariela studied Art History at Hamilton College, where her passion for working towards social equity grew. During her time at Hamilton, Mariela conducted research with professors focusing on the discrimination of several underserved communities in California and Guatemala. Upon graduation, Mariela joined Teach for America and taught in South Carolina while pursuing her Master’s degree in Education from Francis Marion University.  Mariela currently serves as the Advocacy Associate for KIPP NYC where she trains parents, supports staff and engages elected officials on a variety of issues affecting the communities across the eleven KIPP schools in the region.  Additionally, Mariela has continued her work with Teach for America as an application reviewer and evaluates applicants on their potential to be effective corps members.  She also serves as a committee member for Youth and Education on her local community board.  Mariela is the eldest of five KIPPsters in her family and is a proud daughter of Mexican immigrants.