Emily Vargas-Barón, Ph.D.
Emily Vargas-Barón directs the RISE Institute, conducts research, and consults internationally in the fields of education, early childhood development and early childhood intervention, focusing on national policy planning and analysis. From 1994 to 2001, she was Deputy Assistant Administrator of USAID and directed its Center for Human Capacity Development that was dedicated to international education development, training and telecommunications. Previously, she founded and directed a research and development institute for early childhood development and early childhood intervention in Austin Texas; was Education Advisor for The Ford Foundation’s Office for Colombia and the Andean Region; and served as a Program Specialist in Educational Planning for UNESCO. She holds a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Stanford University, with a secondary focus in educational planning. She is the author of many publications and has worked in all world regions.