Liz Cedillo-Pereira, J.D.

Chief of Equity & Inclusion, City of Dallas

An attorney and local government official, Liz Cedillo-Pereira serves as the Chief of Equity and Inclusion for the City of Dallas. Liz has executive leadership oversight of the Office of Environmental Quality and Sustainability, the Office of Equity and Inclusion including the Resilience, Equity, Human Rights, Fair Housing and Immigrant Affairs divisions, the Office of Ethics and Compliance, and 311 Customer Service.


Liz was the founding Director of the City of Dallas’ Office of Welcoming Communities and Immigrant Affairs (WCIA), established in March 2017. In that capacity, she led the community-driven process to develop a comprehensive Strategic Welcoming Plan for the City of Dallas that was unanimously adopted by the City Council in 2018 and led to the City being certified welcoming community for the community-driven and wholistic approach to immigrant inclusion and incorporation.

Prior to joining the City’s executive management team, Liz served as a presidential appointee in the Obama/Biden Administration as the Senior Advisor to Director Sarah R. Saldaña at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Immigration & Customs Enforcement where she focused on advancing humane implementation of immigration policies. Additionally, Liz oversaw the development of the Office of Community Engagement to foster trust and improve relations in communities across the U.S.

A proud Dallasite, Liz has twenty years of experience at the federal, state, and local level in law, policy development, social justice and community and civic engagement. Liz is married to Oscar Pereira, an aeronautical engineer, and they are blessed with Amanda, Gabriela, and Oscar Samuel.

Liz Cedillo-Pereira, J.D.

Session Information:

Opening Session / Sesión de apertura

It’s been two years since our last convening, and we’re so excited to be meeting in the virtual space! Kickoff the Families Learning Conference with a farewell by retiring president and founder of the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL), Sharon Darling. Sharon will reflect on her 32 years of leading NCFL and will also pass the torch into the future by introducing our network to NCFL’s new president Dr. Felicia Cumings Smith.

Next, Vicki Greene, President and CEO of GED Testing Service®, will welcome Adebusola Azeez of Dallas, Texas to share her leadership and family engagement journey with her children through NCFL’s family literacy program at Kids University.

Lastly, Chief of Equity and Inclusion for the City of Dallas, Liz Cedillo-Pereira, will provide a keynote address on the initiatives in Dallas that are advancing equity and inclusion citywide. Immigrants play a crucial role in the vitality of our nation. Nearly one-quarter of Dallas’ current residents were born outside of the United States and 31.6% of the labor force in the Dallas metro area are immigrants. In 2019, the City of Dallas became the first city in the state of Texas to become a Certified Welcoming City, demonstrating that its policies, programs, and practices are advancing inclusion and equity for all. By drawing upon the City of Dallas as an example, participants will understand how municipalities (and their partners) can advance equity, inclusion, and immigrant integration, particularly for families and children. / ¡Han pasado dos años desde nuestra última convocatoria, y estamos muy emocionados de reunirnos en el espacio virtual! La Conferencia de Aprendizaje de las Familias empieza con la despedida de la presidenta jubilada y fundadora del Centro Nacional para el Aprendizaje de las Familias (NCFL, por sus siglas en inglés), Sharon Darling. Sharon reflexionará sobre sus 32 años al frente de NCFL y también pasará la antorcha a la futura al presentar nuestra red a la nueva presidenta de NCFL, la Dra. Felicia Cumings Smith.

A continuación, Vicki Greene, presidenta y directora ejecutiva de GED Testing Service®, dará la bienvenida a Adebusola Azeez de Dallas, Texas, para compartir su trayectoria de liderazgo y participación familiar con sus hijos a través del programa de educación familiar de NCFL en Kids University.

Por último, la Jefa de Equidad e Inclusión de la Ciudad de Dallas, Liz Cedillo-Pereira, brindará un discurso de apertura sobre las iniciativas en Dallas que promueven la equidad y la inclusión en toda la ciudad. Los inmigrantes juegan un papel crucial en la vitalidad de nuestra nación. Casi una cuarta parte de los residentes actuales de Dallas nacieron fuera de los Estados Unidos y el 31.6% de la fuerza laboral en el área metropolitana de Dallas son inmigrantes. En 2019, la ciudad de Dallas se convirtió en la primera ciudad del estado de Texas en convertirse en una ciudad de bienvenida certificada, lo que demuestra que sus políticas, programas y prácticas promueven la inclusión y la equidad para todos. Al recurrir a la ciudad de Dallas como ejemplo, los participantes comprenderán cómo los municipios (y sus socios) pueden promover la equidad, la inclusión y la integración de los inmigrantes, en particular para las familias y los niños.

General Session

October 25

8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m.