Ana Aguilar

Program Research Analyst

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Ana is the program research analyst for the Packard Foundation’s Organizational Effectiveness team. She is interested in leveraging and prioritizing community knowledge and voices in philanthropy and policy making. She has recently worked as a research fellow at a community-centered consulting group in Oakland, CA, Bright Research Group and has experience working as a measures and evaluation consultant through The University of Texas for a financial literacy nonprofit in Austin, Texas. Ana has conducted research with many organizations including The Children’s Advocacy Centers of Texas, health clinics in Texas and California, and even a social cycling group. Ana obtained BA in Communication Studies from San Francisco State University. She then received an MA in Communication Studies at The University of Texas at Austin and is close to completing her Ph.D. in the same department. Her scholarly research focuses on trauma, resilience, and temporality using qualitative and quantitative approaches.

For fun, Ana likes to ride her bike around the San Francisco Bay Area, listen to true crime podcasts, and check out tasty restaurants and bars. She also enjoys being an active member in her community and is currently serving on the board of Cycles of Change, an Oakland-based nonprofit focused on improving health and sustainability of East Oakland neighborhoods through transportation equity work.