Lorelle Espinosa serves as ACE’s vice president for research. She is responsible for developing and managing the organization’s research agenda, including the portfolio of ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, which focuses on issues of diversity and equity in 21st century higher education, dynamic and resilient institutions, and transformational leadership. Her personal scholarship focuses on diversity and inclusion and STEM education, and she is co-chair of the National Academies study committee, "Closing the Equity Gap: Revitalizing STEM Education and Workforce Readiness Programs in the Nation’s Minority-Serving Institutions."
Espinosa has served the higher education profession for 20 years, beginning in student affairs and undergraduate admissions at the University of California, Davis; Stanford University; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has contributed opinion and scholarly works to peer-reviewed journals, academic volumes, and industry magazines on a variety of topics, and is a national thought leader on issues pertaining to college access and success for diverse populations. She has lived and worked in Washington for nine years and prior to ACE served as a senior analyst at Abt Associates and as director of policy and strategic initiatives at the Institute for Higher Education Policy. She currently serves on the boards of College Possible and the American Youth Policy Forum.
Espinosa earned her Ph.D. in higher education and organizational change from the University of California, Los Angeles; her bachelor of arts from the University of California, Davis; and her associate of arts from Santa Barbara City College.