Magaly Lavadenz is currently a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Loyola Marymount University. She is also the founding director of LMU’s Center for Equity for English Learners (CEEL). Dr. Lavadenz is a past president of the California Association for Bilingual Education (CABE), founding president of the California Association of Bilingual Teacher Educators (CABTE), and president for the California Council on Teacher Education. Born in Cuba, she is a former bilingual classroom teacher and ESL teacher sSpecialist at the K-12 levels. Her research interests include the education of Latino and bilingual teachers, the experiences of the Central American immigrant community, public policy affecting language use and education, and biliteracy development.She holds a Ph.D. in Education, specializing in Language, Literacy and Learning from the University of Southern California.