Pamela Hernandez, Ph.D. is the principal researcher and owner of Educo Research. Originally raised in Houston, TX, she pursued higher education and work opportunities across the U.S., from Illinois, Oregon to Maryland, giving her a keen understanding, knowledge and perspective of state and community culture and dynamics. Dr. Hernandez has twelve years of professional experience working in U.S. public and private higher education institutions in various areas such as student leadership development, multiculturalism, diversity/social justice training, assessment and research, educational programming, fiscal management, and college and graduate level teaching. She works closely with organizations to support community development efforts, develop research strategic plans and conduct program assessments, as well as build human capacity by facilitating leadership development trainings for community leaders. Her research expertise is in college and career counseling, and educational policies affecting college access and success.