Research Director – North Chicago

Elizabeth Garcia is a Research Director for the Steans Family Foundation. In her role, she is responsible for working with the North Chicago team to identify, track, and monitor outcomes for SFF’s North Chicago initiatives, which includes providing support to school-based staff in student tracking and developing data cycles.  She has worked alongside school leadership to develop a data-informed culture and practices at all school system levels.

Prior to her work at SFF, Elizabeth was the Director of Data Strategy and Analytics at North Lawndale College Prep High School from 2014 to 2017, and previous to that, held the position of Data Analyst from 2011 to 2014. From 2010 to 2011, Elizabeth was a PowerSchool Specialist at Youth Connection Charter School.  From 2009-2011 she worked at the University of Illinois Office of Minority Student Affairs as a Graduate Counselor Coordinator.  She was a Counselor at Latino Youth High School from 2005 to 2007.   

Elizabeth earned a B.S. in Applied Psychology from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a M.S. and PhD at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Educational Psychology.

Elizabeth lives in the Chicago area with her partner, José and son, Aiden.