Originally from Mexico City, Mexico, but raised in Salt Lake City, Utah; Joél-Léhi has spent over a decade leading in the education justice movements across the country.
He created his own interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree titled Social Justice Pedagogy at the University of Utah. Additionally, he got his Applied Positive Psychology certificate from the University of Utah. His master’s degree is in Sociology & Education, with an emphasis in Education Policy, Organizational Leadership, and Technology from Columbia University, Teachers College.
In 2015 at age 23, Joél-Léhi became the founder of the 501c3 nonprofit Casa Quetzalcoatl, which uses indigenous epistemologies and a cross-generational approach in empowering the Latinx community in Utah. Joél-Léhi has been elected as the youngest National Vice President of Youth in the League of United Latin American Citizens, the oldest and largest Latino civil rights organization in the US.
He’s also currently the National President for the Education for Liberation
Network. As an entrepreneur, he is the founder of the ed-tech start-up app Machitia, which is the platform for educators to create, share, and collaborate
transformative lesson plans. In 2019 he was named as one of Utah’s 20 in their
20’s by Utah Business. Joél-Léhi knows Spanish, English, Japanese, Portuguese, and Nahuatl.