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Deputy Director & Senior Research Associate

Jorge Ruiz de Velasco

Jorge joined the Gardner Center in 2013 and currently serves as a Deputy Director and Senior Research Associate. Jorge came to Stanford from Berkeley Law, where he was Director of the Warren Institute's Program on Education Law and Policy. The focus of his work is on the study and promotion of change in public schools, the implications of education reform for disadvantaged students, education law and policy, and the effect of immigration on schools and communities.


Prior to his appointment at the Warren Institute, Jorge served as Director of the Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice at Stanford. He has also served terms as a Program Officer for Educational Opportunity and Scholarship at the Ford Foundation and as a Senior Program Officer at both the James Irvine and William & Flora Hewlett Foundations. Additionally, Jorge served as a Senior Research Associate at The Urban Institute and as a lawyer and policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.


Jorge holds a PhD in Political Science and an MA in Education Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University, a JD from University of California Berkeley School of Law, and an AB, cum laude in Government from Harvard College.