Emily Calderón Galdeano is the CEO/Principal of Elevate Consulting Group. She has fifteen years in the education policy arena at the national, state and institutional levels. Emily previously served as Excelencia’s Director of Research, integrating academic and policy research to develop policy priority documents that addressed key issues affecting Latinos in the United States. Prior to joining Excelencia, Dr. Calderón Galdeano was with the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), and has served as a university faculty member, and a legislative aide in the Texas House and Senate. Her research agenda focuses on where the trajectories of public policy and higher education intersect, specifically as they relate to Latina/o students. She has published research on issues related to Hispanic-Serving Institutions (HSIs) and Latina/o resiliency within the higher education pipeline, and recently co-edited a book focusing on theories, research and practice at HSIs.