Why I work with HCM

“I firmly believe that education is vital to improving a person’s life, and that everyone has the right to earn a quality education. I chose a career in education because I want to have a positive impact on my community. I quickly realized that the best way to enact the most change is through public policy. I love working at HCM because every day I get to pursue my passion for public policy and advocate for those policies that create more opportunities for underserved communities to have a clear pathway to a quality education, thus creating a more equitable society.”

Danielle Zaragoza


Danielle Zaragoza is an associate with HCM’s postsecondary team, where she focuses on dual credit and transfer policy issues for students in the transitional space between high school and college. Danielle also assists the postsecondary team in collecting and analyzing student data, as well as the analysis and presentation of data-based findings for HCM clients. She enjoys working with the postsecondary and K-12 teams because of her passion for education policy and the goals and mission of HCM.

Prior to joining HCM, Danielle began her career working at the Texas State Capitol as an education policy analyst for State Representative Mary González. She eventually went on to serve as the legislative aide for Texas Senator Royce West. In this role, she worked with advocacy groups, constituents, legislators and other stakeholders to develop policy recommendations. During her time at the Texas State Capitol, Danielle also provided analysis for education and workforce databases, as well as produced press releases, speeches and social media content.

Danielle graduated from Texas Tech University with a bachelor’s of art in philosophy. She then went on to receive a master’s degree in educational leadership and policy from the University of Texas at Austin. Danielle believes that education policy should work to improve the lives of all students by creating equitable educational systems that allow more students to earn a high-quality education.

Danielle is a native Texan, born and raised in El Paso, Texas. She enjoys watching sports, especially anything that Texas Tech is playing in. She also loves to cook and spend time with her dog.



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