Michal Kurlaender is a professor of education policy at the University of California, Davis, and faculty director at Policy Analysis for California Education. Her work focuses on inequalities in access to and success in college, alignment of public K-12 and postsecondary systems of education, and alternative pathways to college and careers. Dr. Kurlaender works closely with administrative data from all three of California’s public higher education sectors — the California State University, the University of California, and the California Community College system. She is also lead researcher at Wheelhouse: The Center for Community College Leadership and Research at UC Davis, a research affiliate with the Center for the Analysis of Postsecondary Readiness at Teachers College, and a member of the Mindset Scholar Network. Dr. Kurlaender received her Ph,D. in education policy from Harvard University.