2017 NACSA Leader
Joseph Escobedo serves as the Director of Charter Schools for Albuquerque Public Schools, one of the largest urban school districts in the country, serving about one-third of all the students in the state of New Mexico. In this role, he oversees all 25 locally-authorized charter schools and works with a team to move the district towards a portfolio of school of choice options.
Joseph began his career with Albuquerque Public Schools in 2005 as a communications specialist, after working in local television news. He has served a variety of roles within the District, including Director of Government Affairs, Chief Equity and Engagement Officer, and Chief of Staff for six years. His wife Jamie is a high school math teacher. They have two sons, Jaxon, age 5 and Joey, age 10.