Sheila Arrendondo

  • Sheila Arredondo is a senior program associate with the Policy Center and West Comprehensive Center (WCC) at WestEd — a nonpartisan, nonprofit research, development, and service agency. She has extensive experience with inter-organizational and cross-agency collaboration, project design and management, process improvement, policy analysis, tailored technical assistance, and strategic visioning and planning. Arredondo leads the WCC work on career readiness and pathways. In this role she established a regional collaborative of representatives from southwestern state education agencies who lead college and career readiness initiatives. Her leadership helped develop and strengthen state efforts to support school counselors, implement student learning plan processes, and adopt graduation guidelines that include multiple measures and competency-based approaches. Arredondo’s education career began at the University of Colorado as a biology instructor. She worked at the Education Commission of the States (ECS) as a mathematics and science policy analyst and managed the State Leader Forum on Educational Accountability. She also directed a business–education‒community compact in Pueblo, Colorado. Arredondo earned an AB from Occidental College, a MBS from the University of Colorado, and a PhD in higher education with an emphasis in public policy from the University of Denver.