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Rolando Fernando

Senior Manager of Research and Evaluation, StrivePartnership


Areas of Expertise: data analytics, policy implementation, strategic planning

“Having worked with college students for a long time, what fascinates me is cultivating a more comprehensive view of a person’s life path and the trigger points that lead each person toward one direction or another. I am fortunate to have the conviction and motivation to continue broadening my realm of possibility – I wish the same for each and every child out there.”

Rolando is passionate about improving education and leads StrivePartnership’s data governance and operations efforts, including the collection, analysis and presentation of data related to key outcomes. He works closely with internal staff, partners, school leadership, community members and other stakeholders toward improving cradle-to-career outcomes.

Rolando comes to StrivePartnership most recently via Los Angeles and the Philippines, where he has been working as a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow for more than 20 years. He has taught courses in political philosophy, globalization theory and development and quantitative/qualitative research methods. His most recent research and advocacy activities focused on climate change resilience, indigenous peoples’ rights and disaster and risk reduction management.

Rolando obtained his master’s in socio-cultural anthropology and development studies from Brown University and his bachelor’s in operations research and industrial engineering from Cornell University.