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Eliza Alvarado, Phd

Region One Education Service Center
PATHS Project Director
Edinburg, Texas
Eliza Alvarado was born in Rio Grande City, Texas. She grew up in a migrant worker family and lived in Washington State for over a decade before her family moved permanently to Pharr, Texas.
In 1999, Eliza graduated from Med High and was Senior Class President. Eliza earned her B.A. in Government from Texas Woman’s University graduating Cum Laude, during that time she was appointed DFW Regional Canvass Director for the Tony Sanchez Campaign.
After graduation Eliza moved to Washington D.C. and was accepted to The George Washington University School of Political Management. Eliza had the privilege of working for Congressman Ruben Hinojosa, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Chairman. During her time with the Congressman and in the midst of redistricting Eliza worked on targeted field plans, fundraising, canvassing and phone bank programs for the South Texas Region. The Congressman may have been redistricted during her time there -- but he was not defeated.
In 2006 Eliza moved to Dallas to obtain her PhD in Public Affairs at The University of Texas Dallas. In 2008, Eliza worked several states for Hillary Clinton doing Hispanic outreach and was able to have hands on experience on a presidential run. After the campaign season was over, she applied and was hired as a Compliance Officer for the U.S. Department of Labor, Office of Contract Compliance. As a Federal Compliance Office Eliza would audit companies around the country to make sure that EEO policy as well as the Executive Order was followed by anyone who was contracted by the federal government.
In 2011, Eliza was offered a contract by Border Health PAC to be their Political Management Strategist where she helped structure and started AACT the (Advocacy Alliance Center of Texas). In her tenure, the non-profit gained national recognition and they registered over 20,000 new voters. AACT served as her platform to complete and publish 2014 dissertation.
From 2014-2017 Eliza served as Director if Government Relations, Grants, and Programs for Doctors Hospital at Renaissance. During her time there, the hospital was awarded the largest Texas Workforce Consortium grant in the history of the state (2.7 Million). In addition, she helped pilot the first co-hort of dual enrollment nurses in the country and helped secure a 3Mil dollar Department of Education Innovation Grant.
Dr. Alvarado, currently works at Region One and is the Project Director for ProjectHeal2, a Department of Education Innovation Grant. Eliza has the opportunity to work with the partners throughout the community and enjoys working with students.