Maria Perez is a data scientist at Airbnb. She was the recipient of the Stanford Interdisciplinary Fellowship and the Spencer Dissertation Fellowship. Her dissertation research concentrated on the theoretical and empirical effects of performance-based pay for teachers. She previously worked at the American Institutes for Research, directing evaluation projects on a range of public policy issues, particularly those related to English language learners, low performing schools, and students with disabilities. She received her PhD in the economics of education program from Stanford University.