Theresa Esparrago Lieu
Theresa’s passion and research interests center on issues of diversity, equity, and access for underserved and underrepresented communities. As a Senior Associate, she applies her skills accordingly, managing project teams, designing surveys, facilitating focus groups, conducting quantitative and qualitative analysis, supporting systems thinking and developmental evaluation efforts, and authoring a range of deliverables to help social justice and public service nonprofits, philanthropic and youth development organizations answer the most pressing question: Is what they’re doing making a positive difference?
To answer this question, Theresa brings a deep well of content knowledge and over 10 years of experience in the areas of education, youth engagement and nonprofits. In these areas, she has helped organizations examine and assess issues of educational equity, built capacity and supported leaders in collecting and using data, and engaged school and district leaders in cycles of continuous program improvement.
Before joining Informing Change, Theresa worked as a Senior Program Associate for Equity and Impact at ConnectEd: The California Center for College and Career, where she focused on supporting school districts to implement the Linked Learning approach as an equity strategy in order to prepare students for college, career and life. More specifically, Theresa served as the project manager for multiple large, complex projects including playing a lead role on a US Department of Education-funded grant to create accessible online training modules for academic, career and technical education teachers and leaders. Additionally, she supported ConnectEd’s integrated student supports work, and supported school and district leaders in the Linked Learning pathway continuous improvement and certification process. Prior to her work at ConnectEd, Theresa worked in various aspects of educational reform, including focuses on charter schools, expanded learning, supplemental educational services—all in service of supporting more students, especially the most high-need, gain access to high quality education and college.
Theresa holds a MA in Sociology of Education from New York University, and a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley.