Adam M Lara serves a Policy and Research Analyst within the Educational Equity Department at Advancement Project. He is responsible for helping lead the organization’s community mobilization and advocacy effort with parents in Southeast Los Angeles, help design and implement a train-the-trainer family engagement curriculum, and support the team’s early childcare education policy advocacy.
Prior to joining the Advancement Project, Adam served as the Learning and Evaluation Specialist at the Center for Community Engagement at California State University, Long Beach, where he helped manage and coordinate the Southeast Los Angeles Civic Leadership Initiative. Adam also served as a consultant at The INNOVA Group, Inc., where he helped the organization’s efforts in providing community and strategic planning support to public agencies, philanthropy, and social movement organizations that want to create policies and systems to improve conditions and outcomes for disadvantaged groups.
Adam grew up and lives in Southeast Los Angeles. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Chicano Latino Studies and master’s degree in Social and Cultural Analysis of Education from California State University, Long Beach. Adam is currently pursuing a Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership, Policy, and Organizations in K-12 Systems at the University of Washington’s College of Education. His research focuses on the intersections between parent leadership, learning, practice, and policy and systems changes.