Andrea Venezia is an associate professor in the public policy and administration department and executive director of the Education Insights Center (EdInsights) at California State University, Sacramento. Her work focuses on improving student readiness for, and success in, some form of postsecondary education, particularly for students who are traditionally underserved. Before she joined Sacramento State, Dr. Venezia worked at WestEd, where she oversaw issues pertaining to high school reform, state and federal policy with regard to college and career readiness, and community college readiness and success. Before that, she was senior policy analyst at the National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education and directed Stanford University's Bridge Project, the first large-scale national study that documented state policy barriers inhibiting student progression from high school to college. She has authored, co-authored, and co-edited numerous reports, chapters, articles, and books, including Supporting the College Dream and Minding the Gap: Why Integrating High School with College Makes Sense and How to Do It . She holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas at Austin.