Adriana Villavicencio
Deputy Director


  • Charter schools
  • Civil rights
  • College preparation
  • Race and diversity

Adriana Villavicencio is deputy director at the Research Alliance for New York City Schools. In this role, Villavicencio helps to shape the Research Alliance’s research agenda and works to enhance relationships with external partners and key stakeholders. She also leads the Research Alliance’s evaluation of the Expanded Success Initiative, which aims to improve college readiness among New York City’s black and Latino young men. She has conducted several studies documenting practices in successful schools, including “turnaround” middle schools and the city’s small high schools of choice. Previously, Villavicencio served as a department chair and interim principal at a charter high school in Oakland, Calif. She has taught high school English and middle school in Brooklyn and worked on the development of a new school in Bangalore, India. Villavicencio earned her doctorate in education leadership and policy from the New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. She also holds a master’s degree in English education from Teachers College, Columbia University and a bachelor’s in English from Columbia University.