Michelle Hodara leads research and evaluation projects related to postsecondary readiness and success at Education Northwest, a nonprofit in Portland, Oregon, that conducts applied research, technical assistance, and evaluation. Michelle leads a Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Northwest research-practice partnership that brings together stakeholders from across sectors to focus on high school graduation and postsecondary success. Michelle is also the applied research lead for the REL, helping to support authors with conceptualizing and conducting their research studies. Michelle is trained in quantitative methods for program evaluation and has extensive experience in linking and analyzing disparate data sources to study what supports and hinders students as they transition from high school to college and beyond.
Hodara holds a PhD in economics and education from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to attending Teachers College, Hodara was a special education teacher on the Zuni Pueblo Indian reservation in northwest New Mexico and a developmental reading and writing instructor at the University of New Mexico in Gallup, New Mexico.