Cari Caballero

Manager, Partnership Activation

I’ve always had a passion for education but never quite knew what that was going to look like. Up until middle school, I always said I would become a teacher. Once I got into high school, that dream changed when I was accepted into the Fashion Retail Marketing magnet program at Thomas Jefferson High School in Tampa, Florida. I was able to build a resume, job shadow in the Fashion industry, mock interview, and complete an internship in retail all by my senior year!

Once I started college at the Art Institute of Tampa, I knew something within Fashion Marketing and Management is what I wanted to pursue. I was able to obtain several internships in retail, host gallery events, and participate in multiple fashion shows. I worked my way up from an associate to manager in various retail corporations, one being Justice – a tween clothing brand for girls, that molded me to have the confidence and work ethic to continue striving for more. After working 10 years in a customer service-driven world, I then landed at a newly built charter high school with a new opportunity to help shape our future leaders, and the privilege to initiate their NAF Academy of Information Technology. Once I realized what amazing opportunities NAF provided students, similar to the ones I had, I knew that this was an organization to which I belonged. Communication and relationship building are skills that I pride myself in and will always implement for the betterment of our students and their futures!