Andy Canales

Andy Canales

Director, Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation

About Andy

Andy Canales is the Director of the Center for Social Measurement and Evaluation. In this role, Andy leads the organization’s research team to provide the public with actionable data that can be used to inform public policy and help drive change in education, health and nutrition, parenting, and human trafficking. As a key spokesperson for the organization, Andy uses data to work with media outlets and community leaders to raise awareness about children’s issues and drive positive change at the local and state level.

Previously, Andy served as a founding director of the Commit Partnership in Dallas where he led the organization’s flagship initiative to improve early literacy outcomes for over 8,000 children through a data-driven collective impact model. Beforehand, Andy worked in corporate philanthropy and as a teacher in high-need communities NYC and in Miami as a Teach For America corps member.

Andy holds a dual B.A. in Political Science and Religion from Pepperdine University and a Master’s of Science in Education from Hunter College. As the son of Salvadoran immigrants and first one in his family to graduate from college, Andy is passionate about expanding educational equity through data, partnerships, and advocacy.

Andy is a Harris County Leadership ISD Fellow and serves on the board of directors of multiple organizations including the Latino Texas PAC and Swag to College. 

Follow Andy on Twitter: @andyacanales.

What teacher had the greatest impact on you?

Mr. Heermann, my fifth-grade teacher, who traveled far to teach my class that was in a school in the inner-city. He taught us academic and life skills with a passion you would instantly recognize as soon as you walked into the classroom.

If there were a movie of your life who would play you?

Armando Christian Pérez also known as Pitbull.

What is your dream for Texas Children?

My dream is that the zip code a child is born into does not determine their fate.