Diane Rodriguez-Kiino, Ph.D. has been a professor of higher education leadership at California Lutheran University since 2010. Concurrently, she has served as a senior researcher with the Research and Planning Group for California Community Colleges. To date, she has served as lead evaluator or senior researcher for eight complex multi-year grants – privately and federally funded – that center on supporting underrepresented P-20 students. Diane has numerous peer-reviewed publications, book chapters, and technical reports in higher education. During the 2014-15 academic year, she served as a Fulbright Scholar in Japan, and returned to Tsuda College in Tokyo as a visiting professor in 2016. She served on the Fulbright East Asia Peer Review committee, by invitation of the United States Department of State and the Institute for International Education. She holds a M.Ed. and a Ph.D. from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.