Jorge Ruiz de Velasco
Associate Director

Higher Ed, P-12

  • Community colleges
  • Legal issues
  • Race and diversity

Jorge Ruiz de Velasco joined the Gardner Center as associate director in 2013. Previously at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, he was director of the Warren Institute’s Program on Education Law and Policy. His work focuses 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, he was director of the Institute for Research on Education Policy and Practice at Stanford, and has 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. Ruiz de Velasco was also a senior research associate at The Urban Institute and a lawyer and policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights. He is a graduate of Harvard College and the Boalt Hall School of Law. Subsequently, he earned a master’s degree in education administration and policy analysis and a doctorate in political science, both from Stanford University.