Dr. Lorelle L. Espinosa is assistant vice president for the American Council on Education’s (ACE) Center for Policy Research and Strategy where she manages the center’s research agenda, with a focus on higher education diversity and equity, public finance, and transformational leadership. Dr. Espinosa has served the higher education profession for over 15 years, beginning in student affairs and undergraduate education at the University of California, Davis; Stanford University; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Prior to ACE, Dr. Espinosa served as a senior analyst with Abt Associates, Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland, and as director of policy and strategic initiatives for the Institute for Higher Education Policy (IHEP) in Washington, DC. At IHEP, Dr. Espinosa directed the Pathways to College Network of which AYPF was a long-standing member. Dr. Espinosa has contributed opinion and scholarly works to peer-reviewed journals, academic volumes and industry magazines on a variety of topics. She is perhaps most known for her work on diverse students in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In 2012, Dr. Espinosa was the recipient of an Australian Endeavour Executive Award sponsored by the Australian government, collaborating on the dual ambitions of the U.S. and Australia to widen their respective STEM pipelines. Dr. Espinosa holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in education from the University of California, Los Angeles; a B.A. from the University of California, Davis; and an A.A. from Santa Barbara City College.