Areas of Expertise
- College access and completion
- Experimental and quasi-experimental methods
- Mixed methods (quantitative and qualitative) for program evaluation
- Technical assistance with higher education institutions
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Senior Leader, Applied Research & Equitable Evaluation
We know the value of postsecondary education and training for individual and societal well-being, yet there are worrisome trends in gaps in college enrollment and completion for historically underserved students. Motivated by these facts, Michelle aims to provide high-quality, accessible, and actionable research and evaluation that can contribute to a more equitable education system and society. She conducts research and evaluation that educators, policymakers, and partners can use to improve systems, practices, and policies and positively impact students and their families and communities.
After college, Michelle taught special education in Zuni, New Mexico, and developmental reading and writing at the University of New Mexico-Gallup, a two-year college. In these roles, Michelle worked with dedicated, excellent educators; learned from and taught amazing students; and observed systemic barriers. She was drawn back to economics, her first passion, to better understand these barriers and use applied research to investigate how to address them. At Education Northwest, Michelle has the opportunity to conduct applied research that contributes to a more equitable society.
- Ph.D., Economics and Education, Teachers College, Columbia University
- B.A., Economics and Political Science, Columbia University
I volunteer with...
Oregon Career Information System Board
If I could live anywhere in the world, it would be...
My hometown of Makawao, Maui
The strangest thing in my refrigerator is...
6 types of hot sauce