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Bel Reyes


Bel Reyes
Executive Director of Innovation Bridge

Ms. Reyes has over a decade of experience working in close partnership with various community and youth-adult partnerships. She brings a host of facilitation skills and leadership in developing community and school partnerships, and innovative design of new programs. Ms. Reyes has extensive experience working with community-based organizations to strengthen their capacity to support young leaders, engage boards of directors/administrators, develop and implement strategic plans, design and implement effective leadership, and provide training in fundraising, staff development, program evaluation and planning.  She is currently serving as the Executive Director of Innovation Bridge in Sacramento, CA whose goal is to deliver high quality technical assistance aimed at bridging innovative practices and collaborative partnership for more just and equitable communities and schools. 


Ms. Reyes previously served as the Program Director of Community School Partnerships for the UC Davis School of Education. She has the proven ability to develop strategically effective professional development and technical assistance for diverse communities and stakeholders. In addition to her experience working with schools, bel has also presented at various national conferences such as the Annual National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in American Higher Education (NCORE), Annual Coalition for Community Schools National Conference, and the Children’s Defense Fund’s Proctor Institute. Her leadership has contributed to several notable local, statewide, and national efforts including, My Brother’s Keeper Sacramento, Positive Youth Justice Initiative, Prop 47 community awareness, Black Child Legacy Campaign, and Children’s Defense Fund Freedom Schools® to name a few.  Additionally, Ms. Reyes is a co-founder of ELITE Public Schools located in Vallejo, CA and has led well-experienced teams from the UC Davis Center for Education and Evaluation Services (CEES) that focused on a national environmental scan of literature to identify best models in youth empowerment around nutrition education, physical activity integration, food security, and obesity prevention. Ms. Reyes has also dedicated time toward juvenile justice efforts, community-schools, and systems change initiatives both at a local and statewide level.


Having been born in Sacramento, California, bel brings her unique dedication to working with communities of color, schools, families and youth throughout the Sacramento Region.  One of bel’s special core values is working with the Spanish Speaking families, communities and youth, developing their capacity to be educational advocates.  Born to immigrant parents from Guanajuato, México, and a mother herself, bel values the contributions that culture, language, and identity have on education and community.  


bel earned a Bachelor of Arts in Ethnic Studies at California State University, Sacramento with a concentration in Chicano/a Studies.  She earned a Doctorate in Education from the University of Southern California, School of Education Rossier program in Organizational Change and Leadership.

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