Keren Zuniga McDowell
Job Title: Executive Director, District Performance
Company: School District of Philadelphia
Keren Zuniga McDowell, PhD, is the Executive Director of District Performance. In this role, Keren oversees the staff team and projects in the District Performance Office. The team’s work includes the Qlik Benchmarking, Analytics, and Management (QlikBAM) dashboards, School Profiles (Qlik QAP), data governance, the School Progress Report on Education and Equity (SPREE), Open Data, and data requests. The District Performance Office is in the Evaluation, Research, and Accountability (ERA) Division, which leads the District’s use of data and evidence to improve outcomes for students. This is achieved through the annual SPREE; QlikBAM; ongoing program evaluations and research; data quality and governance; the comprehensive school planning process; and professional development and technical assistance offered to District leadership, Assistant Superintendents, and Principals. Dr. Zuniga McDowell has over twenty years of experience in evaluation, data management, college access/success, and higher education and has committed her career to increasing educational opportunities for at-risk and underrepresented students. Prior to joining the District, Keren served as the Director for College Success with the Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) where she managed DSF’s college success services, scholarships, and research and evaluation divisions. Prior to her time at DSF, Keren served as the Director of the Center for Academic Access and Opportunity at Suffolk University in Boston, MA, where she oversaw the institution’s TRIO college access programs. Keren has also served as the Director of Research and Evaluation for two national non-profits, TERI (The Education Resources Institute) and Citizen Schools. In these roles she developed and led various multi-program, multi-site, large-scale program evaluations and data strategy initiatives.