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Rebeca Nieves Huffman is the Illinois state director for Democrats for Education Reform. Previously, Rebeca was the school portfolio network project manager for the National Associations of Charter School Authorizers (NACSA), where she oversees the development and implementation on NACSA'a national School Portfolio Network Initiative. Huffman, a native of Chicago, recently served for 5 years as President and CEO of the Washington D.C. based Hispanic Council for Reform and Educational Options (Hispanic CREO), an organization that is the national voice for the right of Latino parents to access all educational options and is an agent of change and equity in education. Prior to serving as Hispanic CREO's President and CEO, Huffman was the associate director of Recruitment and Selection for the KIPP Foundation, an organization dedicated to providing historically underserved students with the knowledge, skills, and character needed to succeed in top-quality high schools, colleges, and the competitive world beyond. At KIPP, Rebecca worked to identify and select outstanding educators who would then participate in the KIPP School Leadership Program, a year-long fellowship which trains educators in starting and running their own KIPP-like schools. Huffman also served two years as a corps member and project leader at City Year, an AmeriCorps program. She worked with 3rd grade transitional students who were repeating that grade for the first or second time. Huffman serves on several boards including the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools (Washington D.C.), City Year Inc. (Boston, MA), Alliance for School Choice (Phoenix, AZ), and Perspectives Charter Schools (Chicago, IL). Huffman earned the 2004 Hewlett Packard Leadership Award and was issued a special recognition by the Dallas City Council for her dedication and commitment to its citizens. Huffman resides in the city of Chicago with her husband Craig and their daughter Sofia. Huffman is a Fellow of the second class of the Aspen Institute NewSchools Fellowship and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.