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Jamil Modaffari is a research associate for K-12 Education at American Progress. Prior to this role, he served as a Teach For America corps member, teaching fifth grade at Bessemer STEM Academy in Pueblo, Colorado. Additionally, Modaffari founded Pueblo City Lacrosse, where he provided students with free lessons, mentorship, and tutoring as well as created a Friday educational enrichment program focused on renewable energy and learning the game of lacrosse. He also previously served as a summer fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center. As a summer fellow, he worked on creating an organizational framework centered in diversity, equity, and inclusion. Modaffari received his bachelor’s degree in sociology from Colorado State University-Pueblo.