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Jacob Fraire, President and CEO

Jacob Fraire is the president and chief executive officer of the Texas Association of Community Colleges (TACC), a nonprofit advocacy organization whose core mission is advancing state policy, institutional practice, and research in support of Texas' 50 public community colleges. Fraire also provides leadership to the Community College Association of Texas Trustees, a nonprofit organization serving more than 400 locally elected trustees and regents who govern the state’s community colleges. Texas community colleges serve more than 742,000 students enrolled in credit-bearing programs and countless students enrolled in continuing education and non-credit bearing courses.

Before joining TACC, Fraire served as vice president of philanthropy at Texas Guaranteed Student Loan Corporation, which is now known as Trellis Company. As the chief architect of corporate philanthropy, Fraire stewarded $80 million in competitive grants to advance college access, need-based financial aid, student success, and research. Fraire has also served on multiple state and national boards and advisory committees, including the Institute for Higher Education Policy, Grantmakers for Education, and the federal Advisory Committee on the Measure of Student Success.

For more than a decade, Fraire served in advocacy and lobbying positions in Washington, DC. He was the 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 farmworkers, Fraire grew up in El Paso, Texas. He holds a bachelor's degree from St. Edward’s University and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas at Austin. In May 2013, he was awarded an honorary associate’s degree from El Paso Community College.