Mr. De La Paz leads Team Finance within the growing AF network of schools across our three states. Team Finance manages the financial operations functions of revenue, payroll, accounts payable, internal audits and controls, and budgeting and forecasting. Prior to joining Achievement First, Mr. De La Paz was CFO at New Haven Public Schools in Connecticut, CFO at Baltimore City Public Schools, and held various leadership roles at Hartford Public Schools including Deputy CFO and Chief Operating Officer. A graduate of the Broad Residency in Urban Education, Mr. De La Paz began his career in financial services and transitioned into K-12 education from a career in mergers and acquisitions in large healthcare and property insurance companies.
Mr. De La Paz earned his bachelor’s degree from Rutgers College and his MBA from the Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia.