Michelle Valladares

Associate Director of the National Education Policy Center, University of Colorado Boulder

As Associate Director of the National Education Policy Center and Faculty Affiliate in the
School of Education at the University of Colorado Boulder, Michelle leads and partners in a
series of projects that aim to increase educational opportunities for all students in our
nation’s education systems. This includes the Research Hub for Youth Organizing and
Education Policy, the Schools of Opportunity project and collaborations with the Partnership
for the Future of Learning and the Family Leadership Design Collaborative. Michelle also
conducts original research on indicator systems, parent and family engagement, school
turnaround and education organizing. Prior to NEPC Dr. Renée Valladares was an
Associate Director at the Annenberg Institute for School Reform. There, she led the Time
for Equity Project which developed and supported the use of an indicator framework to
measure how expanded time and learning opportunities can transform the lives of students,
the structure of schools, and the power of communities. Michelle was a postdoctoral fellow
at UCLA’s Institute for Democracy, Education, and Access and worked as a legislative
assistant to then Congressman Tom Udall. She received her B.A. in Environmental Studies
from UC Santa Cruz and her Ph.D. in education from UCLA.