Higher Education Policy Analyst
Yvonne Muñoz is a Higher Education Policy Analyst at the Education Trust–West. She contributes to research and analysis of policies that aim to improve college access and success for students of color and low-income students. Her work primarily focuses on expanding dual enrollment opportunities and improving funding adequacy and equity.
Yvonne joins the organization with a range of experience in education research and teaching. Her research as part of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars program examined Latinx STEM educational attainment and student activism, while her graduate thesis focused on evidence-based practices in learning for students of color. Yvonne began teaching as an AVID tutor for high school students, as a graduate student instructor for undergrads, and as a college preparatory instructor at San Quentin Prison through the Prison University Project. Most recently, Yvonne was an Assembly Fellow with the Capitol Fellows Program.
A proud product of California’s three public higher education systems, Yvonne earned an A.A. in Social Science from Woodland Community College, and a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Education from the University of California, Davis. Yvonne also holds a Graduate Certificate in Applied Policy and Government from Sacramento State University.
As a low-income, first-generation student raised in a household with undocumented and justice-impacted family members, Yvonne deeply shares Ed Trust–West’s mission, and was drawn to the organization because of its commitment to racial equity and educational justice. With the support of mentors and loved ones, she has benefited from the transformative power of attaining a college degree, and is dedicated to ensuring other low-income students of color can do the same.