Rosario
Torres
Research Analyst

Torres joined MDRC’s postsecondary education policy team as a research and operations analyst. She currently provides technical assistance on MDRC’s new College Promise Success Initiative, which supports College Promise and Free College programs that aim to promote student success by implementing evidence-based student support practices. Before coming to MDRC, Torres worked as a financial aid officer and a college admissions counselor, and as program associate at the National Forum on Higher Education for the Public Good, she supported and managed several projects related to college access and leadership development in diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives. In summer 2017, Rosario was a graduate fellow at the Kresge Foundation, where she supported the education team’s efforts and large grantmaking portfolio to help increase postsecondary degree access and success in the United States and South Africa. She received her bachelor’s degree in English education and Chicana/o Latina/o studies from California State University, Long Beach, and her master’s in higher education administration from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. As a former first-generation student, she is committed to helping students, particularly underrepresented students, succeed in and graduate from college.