Cecilia Rios-Aguilar is Professor and Chair Department of Education at UCLA’s School of Education and Information Studies (Ed&IS). She also serves as a faculty Co-Director of Policy Analysis of California Education (PACE) and as a Board Member of the Spencer Foundation. Her research is multidisciplinary and uses a variety of asset-based conceptual frameworks and of statistical approaches to study the educational and occupational trajectories of marginalized students. Currently, Dr. Rios-Aguilar is examining how community college students make decisions about majors, jobs, and careers. Dr. Rios-Aguilar obtained her Ph.D. in Education Theory and Policy and her M.S. in Educational Administration from the University of Rochester, and her B.A. in Economics from the Instituto Tecnológico Autónomo de México [ITAM].