Pearl Chang Esau

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Pearl_Chang_EsauAs President and CEO of Expect More Arizona, Pearl Chang Esau leads the organization in building a movement for world-class education in Arizona.   With a team focused on public awareness, grassroots mobilization and advocacy, Expect More Arizona is working to ensure every Arizona student is prepared to succeed in college, career and life.

I have always believed in the American Dream, that if you work hard, you can achieve your goals.  However, for this dream to be true, every child must have the opportunity to attain a world-class education. This must be Arizona’s most pressing priority.

Prior to joining Expect More Arizona, Esau served as the executive director of Teach For America – Phoenix, where she led a teacher corps serving 20,000 students each year growing up in low-income communities. 

Pearl started her career in education as a Teach For America corps member, teaching 5th grade English Language learners in East Los Angeles, which inspired her to dedicate her life to helping all students reach their potential through an excellent education.  Currently, Pearl serves on the board of the Arizona Business and Education Coalition, the Wells Fargo Community Advisory Board, ASU’s Community Council, and Act One, an organization dedicated to increasing access to arts and culture for low-income students.  She was appointed to the Governor’s Arizona Ready Education Council and serves as the chair of the Discovery Triangle’s expert education group.  

Pearl was recently recognized by the Phoenix Business Journal as one of the Valley’s 25 Most Admired CEOs and by Arizona Business Magazine as one of the 50 most influential women in Arizona. She graduated summa cum laude from UCLA and holds teaching credentials from UCLA’s graduate school of education and information studies.

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