SPR is pleased to announce and welcome Raquel L. González, PhD as Director of Business Strategy and Senior Associate. Dr. González will be focused on supporting business development at SPR, engaging with clients, and developing processes and systems to support SPR’s business strategy. In addition, she will serve as a Senior Associate designing and managing studies.
Dr. González has over 18 years of research and evaluation experience. Her research has focused on describing and understanding different pathways and experiences in education. She has content experience on early childhood education; family engagement; and recruitment and retention of a diverse science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce. Dr. González also is a mixed-methods researcher, who has led several randomized controlled trials (RCT), as well as qualitative descriptive studies. Prior to joining SPR, she was a Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) leading a portfolio of projects worth over $11 million. At AIR, she served as the Project Director for an impact evaluation of First 5 LA’s Welcome Baby home visiting program, the Program Manager for First 5 California’s Dual Language Literacy Pilot Study, and was an NSF co-Principal Investigator on a qualitative study of Master’s to PhD bridge programs.
Dr. González received a doctorate in Education Policy from the University of Maryland, College Park. She also received a B. S. in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.