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Stand for Schools nonprofit names Californian with Nebraska ties as new executive director

By: - July 26, 2022 2:53 pm
Dunixi Guereca

Dunixi Guereca, newly hired executive director of Nebraska Stand for Schools nonprofit. (Courtesy of Stand for Schools)

A nationwide search has led the nonprofit Stand for Schools of Nebraska to hire a new executive director from California.

Dunixi Guereca assumes the role in August. He most recently worked with the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers West and, prior to that, the Boy Scouts of America.

Guereca has Nebraska connections, having studied political science and government at the University of Nebraska’s Lincoln and Kearney campuses. He also previously worked with the Nebraska Democratic Party.

Founded in 2016, Stand for Schools seeks to advance public education in Nebraska, advocating for “evidence-based policies to help Nebraska’s public schools better serve all children.” The organization was founded by Ann Hunter-Pirtle, a Lincoln native who served as executive director until earlier this year. 

Guereca’s political organizing stood out to board president Connie Duncan. “Stand for Schools is nonpartisan, so we absolutely needed a leader who could work across party lines to grow support for Nebraska’s public schools,” she said.

Ferial Pearson, a board member, was struck by Guereca’s strong convictions about equity in education.

“It was important we find someone who is enthusiastic about this kind of policy work, but we are so fortunate to have found someone as passionate as Dunixi,” Pearson said. “His whole life has been guided by this deep commitment to justice and equity, and I know he’ll use those same principles to guide Stand for Schools.”

According to a media release announcing his hire, Guereca opposes legislative efforts to privatize public education. In California, he saw the impact of charter schools. He said: “By keeping public schools public, Nebraskans have managed to avoid the disasters we’ve seen in other states, and I intend to keep it that way — no voucher, no charters, and the very best public schools in the nation.”

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Cindy Gonzalez
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Senior Reporter Cindy Gonzalez, an Omaha native, has more than 35 years of experience, largely at the Omaha World-Herald. Her coverage areas have included business and real estate development; regional reporting; immigration, demographics and diverse communities; and City Hall and local politics. She has won awards from organizations including Great Plains Journalism, the Society for Advancing Business Editing and Writing (SABEW) and the Associated Press. Cindy has been recognized by various nonprofits for community contributions and diversity efforts. She chairs the board that oversees the local university’s student newspaper.

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