I have authored several research briefs and policy reports, including "Inequality at the Heart of California," recently presented at the inaugural Summit on the Central Valley (see right). I also authored "California Communities at Risk of Undercount," as part of Census 2020 early education outreach efforts (see below, left).
My policy work began in 2006 with a Provost's Fellowship at the Tomás Rivera Policy Institute (TRPI), then the nation's leading think-tank on Latina/o-related issues. I lead-authored briefs and reports at TRPI for three years, on education and employment.
One of my TRPI reports included ¿Qué Pasa?, a full report on English language learning (ELL) in the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD). ¿Qué Pasa? garnered national attention, was a resource in the Obama administration's first major federal civil rights investigation, and was a major resource in the passage of California Senate Bill 753. ¿Qué Pasa? was featured on the Patt Morrison show, and received coverage from the Associated Press, Voice of America, Education Week, the Los Angeles Times and National Public Radio.