Akira Gutierrez is the Manager of Research-Practice Integration at Transforming Education. Prior to joining TransformEd, Akira was a part of various research projects at Tufts University. At the Institute for Applied Research in Youth Development, Akira was involved in research design and analyses of multi-site, longitudinal school-based studies, as well as program development and implementation, in the areas of social, emotional, and character development. During her time with the Massachusetts Healthy Families Evaluation project, she worked on study design, implementation, and qualitative analyses, as part of an evaluation of home visiting services, their uses, and participant outcomes among diverse young mothers and children. Akira has also taught young children using emergent curriculum in inclusive classrooms, as well as adolescent students as a Teaching Fellow of Breakthrough Collaborative in Miami, FL. She holds a B.A. and M.A. in Child Development from Tufts University with concentrations in early childhood education and applied developmental research.