Ernesto Duran, Social and Emotional Learning Expert

Ernesto Duran

Ernesto Duran

Social and Emotional Learning Expert

Ernesto Durán is one of 16 Regional Leads for Expanded Learning Programs in the State of California. He is responsible for providing technical assistance and grant compliance support to over 50 school districts (serving more than 21,000 children in 250 schools across four counties). Prior to his work with the Department of Education, Ernesto worked for the Boys and Girls Club where he managed a department of 200 employees, overseeing multiple after-school programs.

As a researcher, Mr. Durán has written two studies that examined health disparities for farm workers and indigenous populations of Mexico living and working in the County of Ventura. His latest study looks at the prevention of health disparities for children exposed to violence in underserved communities. As a speaker, he has appeared in many community events, education and government conferences, such as the Spanish-language forum Muestra Esto, held by Univision. This forum brought together news media and mental health professionals from around the Los Angeles area to discuss the issues related to mental health for the local Latino community. His most recent area of focus is on Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Latino community.

Mr. Durán graduated from UCLA with a double major in History and Spanish Literature, he also holds a Masters degree in Latin American Studies from the same institution. He has provided consulting assistance and training to government institutions, businesses, non-profit organizations, and marketing agencies seeking to increase their outreach and services to the growing Latino community.