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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 Espinosa joined ACE in September 2013 as assistant vice president for ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, where she manages the center’s research agenda. 

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. Her 2009 dissertation, Pipelines and Pathways: Women of Color in STEM Fields and the Experiences that Shape Their Persistence, was cited for excellence by the Association for the Study of Higher Education and published in the Harvard Educational Review. She has contributed opinion and scholarly works to peer-reviewed journals, academic volumes and industry magazines on a variety of topics. In 2012, Espinosa was the recipient of an Australian Endeavour Executive Award sponsored by the Australian government. 

Prior to ACE, Espinosa served as a senior analyst at Abt Associates, Inc. in Bethesda, Maryland, and as director of policy and strategic initiatives for the Institute for Higher Education Policy in Washington, DC. 

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 (CA). ​​