President and CEO, Texas Association of Community Colleges
As President and CEO, Jacob Fraire provides leadership to the association’s core mission and strategies to advance equity and sustainability among the state’s 50 independently-governed public community college districts. Together, Texas community colleges serve more than 730,000 students. Before joining TACC, Mr. Fraire served as Vice President of philanthropy at Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, now known as Trellis Company. Acting as the chief architect of the corporate philanthropy, Mr. Fraire stewarded $80 million in competitive grants to advance college access, need-based financial aid, success, and research. Mr. Fraire has served on multiple state and national boards and advisory committees. For more than a decade, Mr. Fraire served in advocacy and lobbying positions in Washington, DC. He also served as Director of Legislation and Policy Analysis for the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities and a senior legislative coordinator for a DC-based law firm representing colleges and universities. The son of migrant farm workers, Mr. Fraire grew up in El Paso, Texas. In May 2013, he was awarded an honorary associates degree from El Paso Community College, an honor he describes as his most cherished higher education credential. He holds a Bachelor of Science from St. Edward’s University and Master in Public Affairs from the University of Texas at Austin.