Since 2009, Miguel Solis has served the residents of Dallas in the areas of education, housing, and transportation. Miguel began his career as a member of President Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign, and soon after he was selected to be part of Teach For America in Dallas, where he taught eighth grade social studies in the public schools. He later served as special assistant to the superintendent of the school system, co-founded the nonprofit Latino Center for Leadership Development, and ran the urban policy think tank Coalition for a New Dallas. In 2013, Miguel was elected to the Dallas Independent School District board of trustees at the age of 27; he has also been elected as the board president and vice president, making him the youngest person to hold these roles. During his decade of service to the district, Dallas ISD underwent a monumental transformation: The number of schools requiring improvement dropped from 43 to 3, two multi-billion-dollar school bonds passed, and its innovative concepts were used as models for other districts across Texas and the nation.
Miguel is also involved in numerous nonprofit activities, including serving on the Children’s Medical Center Foundation board, the UT Southwestern presidential advisory board, and the Teach For America national board of directors. In addition, he was a member of the U.S.-Mexico Foundation board, the American Council on Germany, the American Israel Public Affairs Committee’s Southwest Leaders Program, and the American Council of Young Political Leaders. He is an alumnus of the Aspen Institute’s Rodel Fellowship, having been selected as an elected official who has demonstrated an outstanding ability to work responsibly across partisan divisions and bring greater civility to public discourse. Miguel graduated from Lamar University with a B.A. in history and Harvard University with a M.Ed. in policy and management.