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Lorelle Espinosa

Lorelle Espinosa

Assistant Vice President, Center for Policy Research and Strategy

Specialization: Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; diverse students and institutions; nontraditional students

Lorelle L. Espinosa serves as assistant vice president for ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, where she is responsible for the co-development and management of the center’s research agenda which focuses on issues of diversity and equity in 21st century higher education, public finance and higher education systems, and transformational leadership. 

Espinosa has served the higher education profession for nearly 20 years, beginning in student affairs and undergraduate education at the University of California, Davis; Stanford University; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Espinosa has contributed opinion and scholarly works to peer-reviewed journals, academic volumes and industry magazines on a variety of topics. Her most recent report, Race, Class, and College Access: Achieving Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape, examines how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions are influencing contemporary admissions practices at colleges and universities nationwide. Prior to ACE, Espinosa served as a senior analyst at Abt Associates, Inc. and as director of policy and strategic initiatives for the Institute for Higher Education Policy.

Espinosa holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in higher education and organizational change 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. ​​