Alicia N. Garcia is a Principal Policy Analyst on the Education team at American Institutes for Research. She has more than 9 years’ experience in education law and policy. Ms. Garcia is the director for the Midwest Comprehensive Center. In her role as director, she manages the center’s work to build the capacity of state education agencies in Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin to design, sustain, and implement reforms that support student success. Projects carried out by the center focus on several federal priority areas including supporting opportunities for teacher and leader development, implementing college- and career-ready standards and assessments, and turning around low-performing schools. Ms. Garcia was formally deputy director for the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Midwest, a research center funded by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES). She also previously served as an alliance liaison for the REL Southwest Texas Hispanic STEM Research alliance and as Minnesota State Manager for the Midwest Comprehensive Center. Ms. Garcia also works on other projects requiring education policy expertise and contributes to AIR’s Education Policy Center. Prior to joining American Institutes for Research, Ms. Garcia was a practicing attorney in the field of education law. Ms. Garcia earned a master’s degree in cultural and educational policy studies from Loyola University Chicago and a juris doctor degree from The University of Texas School of Law.