Prior to joining IES, she spent 11 years working in the Education and Family Services area of Abt Associates Inc., a research and consulting firm. While there, she had senior technical roles in a number of evaluations of federal programs. She co-directed the third national evaluation of the Even Start Family Literacy Program, which included a randomized trial of the impact of the program. She also worked on national evaluations of the Comprehensive Child Development Program, Title I, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act.
Ricciuti received her bachelor of arts degree in psychology at Cornell University, and her master's and doctoral degrees in developmental psychology at the University of Virginia. She has served as a research grant reviewer for the Child Care Bureau of the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Albro came to IES in 2002 as an executive branch policy fellow. Prior to joining the Institute, she was a faculty member in the Department of Psychology at Wheaton College in Norton, MA, and in the Department of Education and Child Development at Whittier College in Whittier, CA. She received a B.A. in behavioral sciences, a M.A. in the social sciences and a Ph.D. in psychology, with an emphasis on cognition and communication, from the University of Chicago.
Garza has been deeply involved in early childhood education and literacy. Prior to her presidential appointment to the U.S. Department of Education, where she served as the department liaison with President Bush's Good Start, Grow Smart initiative, she coordinated the United Way of Southern Cameron County-Success By 6 initiative in the Brownsville, Texas, area. And in 1996, she co-founded the Brownsville Reads Task Force, an organization of community members and educators who joined to promote research-based reading instruction in Brownsville schools.
Garza also has served as a commissioner of the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans and a member of the National Reading Panel.
She earned an undergraduate degree in business from Southern Methodist University and practiced accounting for 18 years.