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Telca Porras

Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
Senior Program Officer, PNW
Telca Karen Porras is a Senior Program Officer on the Pacific Northwest team and currently works to support the creation of high-quality public charter schools in Washington State. Telca has over 24 years of experience in the public education, not-for-profit, and philanthropic sectors, including 20 years of working with and for charter public schools in Texas and in Washington State. Prior to joining the Gates Foundation, Telca served as Senior Advisor-Quality Initiatives at the Texas Charter Schools Association. Telca has also worked as a non-profit executive director, program officer for a community foundation, state education agency accountability program specialist, and public information assistant. Telca started her career as an instructor and program coordinator for an alternative education dropout recovery and prevention program. Telca is originally from the Rio Grande Valley of Texas and most recently lived in Austin, Texas before moving to Seattle, Washington in 2013. Telca holds a bachelor’s in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Texas at Austin.