Elena Quiroz-Livanis

Chief of Staff and Assistant Commissioner of Academic Policy and Student Success, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education • CCRC Advisory Board Member

Elena Quiroz-Livanis is the chief of staff and assistant commissioner of academic policy and student success at the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE). She is co-designer of the Commonwealth’s unified system of transfer and is leading the state’s efforts to transform developmental education.

Quiroz-Livanis oversees the Equity Agenda, which envisions a system of student-ready, race-conscious public colleges and universities that are equitable and racially just, embrace the critical assets of students of color, and prepare students of color for success. Most recently, she led the system’s effort to develop a 10-year strategic plan for racial equity. To learn more about the DHE’s Equity Agenda, visit www.mass.edu/equity.

Quiroz-Livanis is also a doctoral candidate in the Higher Education Program at UMass Boston.