Lucrecia Santibañez (Ph.D. Education, M.A. Economics, Stanford University) is Professor at UCLA’s School of Education & Information Studies and Co-Faculty Director (with Dr. Tyrone Howard) of UCLA’s Center for the Transformation of Schools. She previously taught at Claremont Graduate University, CIDE in Mexico City, and was Education Economist at the RAND Corporation. She studies how to improve teaching and learning for vulnerable populations including emergent bilingual students. Her academic research has been published by Educational Researcher, Economics of Education Review, Review of Educational Research, Teachers College Record, Education Policy Analysis Archives, and the International Journal of Educational Development, among others. She publishes in both English-speaking and Spanish-speaking journals. As Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator, she has received research grants from the Institute of Education Sciences, the National Science Foundation, the Spencer Foundation, the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, the Hewlett Foundation, the Strategic Impact Evaluation Fund, The World Bank, the Inter-American Development Bank, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. She is an affiliate of PACE in California, and a faculty affiliate at the Latino Policy and Politics Institute (LPPI) at UCLA. She is a native of Mexico and has three children.