Executive Director and Academic Coordinator

Claudia brings to the digital humanities program a richness of interdisciplinary experience, having worked in fields such as data-intensive social science, education, design, art practice, and literature.From 2000 to 2005, she managed an annual budget of 5 million dollars a year as coordinator for the Oakland Unified School District. She designed and developed an online information system for fiscal and programmatic accountability. She also managed and trained staff in order to implement programs and gather data from school sites with varying levels of technological capacity. As a supervisor across 40 school sites she maintained detailed accounting of program outcomes and budget information. Most importantly, she raised $17.5 million dollars and leveraged $15 million dollars over the course of her five-year tenure. This resource development work resulted in expanding after school programs from a few school sites to nearly every school site in Oakland. This would not have been possible without the collaboration she coordinated between public, non-profit and city agencies.Claudia joined the UC Office of the President in 2005. At the UC Office of the President, Claudia coordinated a $9.35 million dollar a year teacher professional development program. She worked with the California Subject Matter Project (CSMP), which has nine statewide executive directors and 97 sites on campuses of the UC, California State University (CSU), and independent colleges. She was also the lead author of several legislative reports and coordinator of accountability for outreach programs. She led social media and publicity campaigns.Subsequently, Claudia played a core role in bringing the Social Sciences Data Laboratory (D‐Lab) from its conceptual blueprint three years ago to a thriving cross‐domain center serving data‐intensive research needs in departments and professional schools across campus. She joined the D‐Lab in October 2012, and brought with her expertise in program development, project management, communications and evaluation. These skills very quickly placed her in a central position in developing programs and initiatives in the D‐Lab and in developing the management infrastructure and processes to coordinate and harness the efforts of staff and graduate students to launch services.Claudia began her career as an illustrator, studying illustration and creative writing at Parsons School of Design. Later, she received highest honors in Spanish (Latin American Literature) from Oberlin College, with an online language acquisition honors thesis project. Subsequently, she received a Master’s degree from Stanford University in Learning, Design, and Technology. Her Master’s thesis was a digital humanities project called Expression of Central America. Her doctoral work is in Policy, Organizations, Measurement, and Evaluation from UC Berkeley. Her expertise is in organizational theory and behavior and in educational and language policy implementation. The Phi Beta Kappa Society, the Andrew Mellon Foundation, the Rockefeller Brothers Foundation, and the Thomas J. Watson Foundation among others have recognized her scholarly work.