Marcela Montes joined the Economic Opportunities Program as a research associate for the Workforce Strategies Initiatives in July 2012. At Aspen, Marcela worked on range of program evaluation projects, which included: the evaluation for Jobs for the Future’s national initiative Accelerating Opportunity; the evaluation of a DOL TAACCCT grant for a consortium of gulf coast states; and the evaluation for the work of a New York City Healthcare Workforce Intermediary. In this role Ms. Montes designed research tools, planned and conducted site visits, led interviews, and documented findings in reports. Marcela was also involved in the design and facilitation of technical assistance activities; peer learning events; and other convenings. Marcela came to the Aspen Institute from the National Council of la Raza (NCLR), where from 2007 until 2012, she managed technical assistance and support for the organization’s network of affiliates involved in community-based after school programming. She also gained extensive knowledge in human rights and community development through internship experiences at organizations such as the Washington Office on Latin America, the Organization of American States, and the Colombian National Chapter of Transparency International. Marcela holds a Bachelor’s degree in Government and Politics from the University of Maryland at College Park and a Master’s degree in Latin American Studies from Tulane University.