Antonio pursues the universal goal of a quality education for all Coloradans through the creation of partnerships, the deployment of targeted and innovative strategies, and the informing and influencing of policy and policy leaders. Prior to DK, Antonio served as the Education Policy Director for the Mayor’s Office of Children’s Affairs at the City and County of Denver; there he advised City leadership on education issues and policy and established the City’s education team, whose mission was to develop and improve Denver’s education continuum. He also consulted with multiple national nonprofits focused on educational equity, worked on local political campaigns both in Texas and Colorado, and supported two turnaround efforts within Denver Public Schools. Antonio started his career as a secondary social studies teacher with Teach For America in south Texas, where he taught at IDEA Public Charter Schools along the US-Mexico border.
Antonio serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors for Inside the Orchestra, is a founding member of the United Neighborhoods Governance Council – a collective impact and funding initiative focused on north Denver, and has been appointed by both the Mayor of Denver and the Governor of Colorado to serve on city and state-wide boards. Antonio is a Colorado native and a proud third-generation alumnus of the University of Colorado Boulder, where he studied political science.