Research and Data Analyst
Vanessa Romo (she/her/hers) is a Research and Data Analyst at The Education Trust—West (ETW). She joins ETW with experience in research, education policy, data analysis, and non-profit alumni engagement. Born and raised in South Central Los Angeles, Vanessa’s commitment to racial justice and educational equity is rooted in her experience navigating the educational system as a low-income, first-generation Mexican-American student.
From a young age, Vanessa was deeply called to the work of empowering low-income students and students of color with the resources and opportunities to learn and thrive. While in undergrad, she mentored other students of color in the transition from high school to college and supported low-income students of color in the college application process. After earning her bachelor’s, Vanessa served as the Alumni Coordinator for LA’s BEST Afterschool Enrichment Program through AmeriCorps VISTA. In this role, she led the LA’s BEST Alumni Network, connected alumni with resources and opportunities, managed the organization’s alumni scholarships, and supported local and state advocacy efforts. Most recently, before joining The Education Trust—West, Vanessa completed her graduate studies in education policy, through which she focused many of her projects on advancing educational access and equity for students of color, immigrant students, and multilingual students. During her time in graduate school, she was also a Research Assistant at the Education Redesign Lab, where she conducted research on personalized learning and whole-child education, and drafted a resource guide on operationalizing racial, cultural, and linguistic equity in personalized learning.
As the daughter of Mexican immigrants, Vanessa was raised to recognize the transformational power of education and experienced this in her own life. With the support of her family, friends, and mentors, Vanessa became the first in her family to graduate from college. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Government from Claremont McKenna College and Ed.M. in Education Policy and Analysis from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.