Belinda Reyes is the Director of the César E. Chávez Institute and Associate Professor at the Latina and Latino Studies Department in the College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University. Formerly a Founding Faculty member at the University of California, Merced, and a Research Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. Reyes has briefed various federal, state, and local governmental bodies and addressed numerous civic organizations. She has been a senior program associate at PolicyLink; lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley; a research fellow at the University of Michigan; and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. She holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley. Her research focuses on the policy issues confronting Latinos, immigrants and people of color in the United States.
Umadevi Senguttuvan Uma earned her Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies from Purdue University, IN and a Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy from Seton Hall University, NJ. Uma is strongly committed to both research and clinical work. Her diverse research interests include youth’s socioemotional development, health, family processes, culture, and social policies. Being a non-Caucasian herself, she is highly interested in the experiences of ethnic minorities. Uma joined CCI to provide statistical support and gain experience in education and policy research. She is interested in understanding how to improve student retention and graduation rates.