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Debra M. Borrero

Director of School Choice Programs

Debra Borrero is Director of School Choice Programs for CREC. She has worked in education policy for nearly 20 years, with experience in the public, private, and nonprofit sectors.

As director, Debra provides leadership and overall direction while using her background in communications and community involvement. She cultivates relationships with superintendents and boards of education to better serve and integrate students in the 27 school districts participating in the Hartford Region Open Choice Program.

She manages the program’s $2.6 million dollar budget, and oversees support services for students and districts, marketing and recruitment, and the coordination of the program’s diverse staff.

She also functions as CREC’s representative to the Regional School Choice Office (RSCO) at the State Department of Education, facilitating the application and placement process for students interested in experiencing an integrated education through CREC’s magnet schools and the Hartford Region Open Choice Program. Since she became Director of School Choice Programs, enrollment in CREC magnet schools and the Open Choice program has increased by 83 percent. In 2015, she was nominated as Manager of the Year.

A native New Yorker, she began her career in community organizing in Brooklyn, NY before moving to Connecticut, where she worked at Trinity College, assisting with community partnerships and the development of the Learning Corridor campus. She worked with students, parents and community leaders to enhance community engagement, public safety, employment and school choice efforts.

Debra left Trinity to work for Governor M. Jodi Rell and was promoted to Deputy Director of Policy and Legislative Affairs. In this role, she advocated the governor’s public policy and legislative priorities with primary focus on committees of cognizance in education, environment, housing, transportation, commerce, and energy.

Balancing her professional activities with community service, Debra serves on the board of CT Health Equities Solutions and the Bushnell Park Foundation. She previously served as a commissioner for the CT Commission on Human Rights, a board member of Leadership Greater Hartford and was an active member of the advisory board for the NCCJ’s Community Conversation on Race project.

She holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the State University of New York at New Paltz and a master's degree in public policy from Trinity College.

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