Camila Cigarroa Kennedy

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Researcher, Applied Research & Equitable Evaluation

Inspired by a family commitment to community service and her grandfather’s advocacy for educational opportunities for Latinos in South Texas, Camila developed an interest in tackling the roots of educational inequity in her community. She is especially passionate about issues in education that intersect with language and immigration. Camila first realized the changemaking power of applied, community-based research while collaborating with nonprofits focused on Latinx activism and civic engagement. She enjoyed making data on youth civic participation accessible and seeing her work inform real changes in organizational programing.

Prior to joining Education Northwest, Camila worked at the Kinder Institute for Urban Research’s Houston Education Research Consortium, where she focused on projects related to newcomer immigrant education programs and multilingual learners. She also led the analysis of a student and family needs assessment, which informed district efforts to better target wraparound supports to students and schools. Camila has gained valuable experience translating research for different audiences and is excited to work across a variety of projects at Education Northwest.


  • B.A., Sociology and Spanish, Rice University

A movie that would be greatly improved if it was made into a musical is...

Clueless. Already perfect, but I'd love to watch it as a musical!

My favorite villain in a book, movie, or TV show is...

Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer or Zuko from Avatar. I love a complicated villain redemption arc!

On repeat on my playlist is...

“Dos Oruguitas” by Sebastián Yatra. The song was on repeat a lot this year while I choreographed a performance to it.

Camila Cigarroa Kennedy

Areas of Expertise

  • Quantitative data analysis
  • Newcomer students and programs
  • Needs assessments
  • Multilingual learners

Case Briefs & Publications

Partnering to Support Students Holistically

Colleges and universities are partnering with community-based organizations to support students holistically—including their basic needs. We looked at what makes these partnerships successful.