Meralis was named one of the Wisconsin’s most powerful Latinos in 2019 by Madison365. She joined City Year Milwaukee in 2015, serving as the managing director of impact. Prior to joining City Year, she was the assistant principal at Bay View High School in Milwaukee Public Schools. Hood served as a bilingual teacher for nine years before moving into instructional coaching and administrative roles in the district. In 2012, Hood received the Educator of the Year Award from the Wisconsin Association of Bilingual Educators.
Hood participated in the 2018 Pahara NextGenFellowship, a 12-month leadership program to shape the future of the educational excellence and equity movement. She is/has been a member of the following organizations: Leadership Advanced Milwaukee (2019), Georgetown University New Strategies Program (2018), Hispanic Professionals of Greater Milwaukee, Professional Dimensions, Oak Creek Assembly of God and Milwaukee Public Schools’ Emerging Leadership Program (2013).
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