The QA Commons is mindful of the dramatic and transformational impact COVID-19 is having on all institutions of higher education. As an organization, we are adapting our services to support preparing graduates for the workplace that is now changing more precipitously than ever.
Marcela has over 20 years of experience as a research scientist and is currently a Research and Planning Analyst at Irvine Valley College. Her research focuses on K-12 and community college educational policies that affect learning and success opportunities among low-income, first-generation and minoritized students.
Prior to her current role, she performed postdoctoral research as the Director of Research Practice Partnerships at the University of California-Irvine, connecting faculty with school district administrators to improve educational opportunities for disadvantaged students.
Marcela has been a board member of The QA Commons since 2024.
Marcela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Mount Saint Mary’s University and a Master’s in Social Research Methodology from UCLA. At UC-Irvine, she completed both a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Social Context.
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