Elena Montoya

Associate Director, Research & Policy

As an Associate Director of Research & Policy, Elena contributes expertise across CSCCE’s projects, having led studies of the workforce and degree preparation programs, and brings over 15 years of experience in early care and education. Elena also directs the Integrated Research and Policy Fellowship Program for the National ECE Workforce Center.

Prior to joining CSCCE in 2015, she conducted research on child care availability, need, and costs at the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network, led research projects at Children Now, and served as the California state coordinator for the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s KIDS COUNT project.

Elena earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Texas at Austin and holds a California multiple subject teaching credential. She enjoys cooking and baking, hanging out with her husband and children, and discovering new music.