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José Magaña received his degree from the University of California-Santa Barbara. The first male in his family to graduate from college, Vice President Magaña began his professional career in education as a kindergarten teacher in San José.  After spending four years in the classroom, he transitioned into education technology as a national instructional coach and district consultant.  He has coached and worked alongside more than 500 teachers, leaders, and school districts across the country to better incorporate technology into their math and early literacy programs. Vice President Magaña served on the Senior Leadership Team as the Managing Director of Impact for City Year San José/Silicon Valley. There he was charged with managing the education non-profit's largest department, where he oversaw over 100 AmeriCorps Members, 20 staff members, as well as academic, socio-emotional, and after school supports for 14 schools. José now works in education technology where he fundraises money to provide students with high-impact tutoring all throughout the United States.


Vice President Magaña also serves as a Vice Chair on the Library and Education Commission for the City of San José since 2017. Elected in 2018, Vice President Magaña has used his Certificate in Education Finance from Georgetown University to help secure policy wins like library cards for all students, updating the student grading policy, expanding ethnic studies, and the creation of a digital equity advocacy group. Vice President Magaña and his wife Ellyn, also an educator, live with their two daughters and puppy in San José.

Education Experience

Teaching Experience 

  • Classroom Teacher (4 years)

  • Teacher Coach (4 years)

  • Senior Education Non-Profit Leader (3 years)

  • Expert in High-Impact Tutoring (Current)



  • Preliminary Teaching Credential, REACH Institute of School Leadership

  • Certificate of Education Finance, Georgetown University

  • Masters in Governance, California School Boards Association

  • School Board Member Finance Trainings, Edunomics Lab

  • Google Certified Educator



  • Secretary, California Latino School Boards Association

  • Founder, Digital Equity Coalition of California

  • Vice Chair, Library and Education Commission, City of San José

  • Elimination of Late Fees for children at the library

  • Expansion of Ethnic Studies, Wellness Centers, Employee pay

  • Budget Surplus and High Bond Rating for 4 years

  • Update to Equity, Grading, and Gun Safety Policies

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