Senior Researcher and Associate Director, Leading from the Middle
Ireri Valenzuela has a breadth of experience in qualitative research, program design and implementation, and technical assistance provision. She is currently leading the evaluation of the California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office Education Planning Initiative (EPI).
Prior to joining the RP Group, Ms. Valenzuela spent five years as part of MDRC’s Young Adults and Post-Secondary Education Policy Area, where she worked on two national demonstration projects: the Learning Communities Demonstration and the Performance Based Scholarship Demonstration, which were designed to explore new ways to improve college access, persistence, and success for low-income and underprepared students. She also co-authored an early findings report on the Adelante Performance Based Award Program at Pima Community College in Tucson, AZ and a Technical Assistance Guide to Performance Based Scholarships.
In addition, Ms. Valenzuela directed the Campus Change Network, aimed at expanding the capacity of California Community Colleges to address student equity issues via a systems change approach. She holds a Master’s degree in Adult Education and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from San Francisco State University.
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