As the Director of Research and Business Operations for Q-Q Research Consultants, Dr. Lexi Vollmer Rivera provides technical leadership oversight and strategic direction for research, monitoring, and evaluation activities and the procurement of business opportunities. Lexi believes that meaningful research, monitoring, and evaluation can only be achieved through community engagement based on respectful and mutual relationships founded in the tenets of critical theories, frameworks, and pedagogy. Utilizing these skills, she has established quality assurance and evaluation procedures, led evaluations, and created relationships with community members and funders in the U.S. and internationally, such as the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Government Media Agency, United States Institute for Peace, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, International Republican Institute, and Forest Stewardship Council Indigenous Foundation.

With a passion for learning from others, Lexi is a research, monitoring, and evaluation specialist with over eight years of experience working with “hard-to-reach” populations in multilingual community contexts. She has led and collaborated on mixed-methods projects in over 12 countries. This work has included over 170 in-depth interviews, sociolinguistic interviews, and focus groups in English and Spanish. In doing so, she strives to apply cross-cultural responsiveness to engage in data collection with members of the U.S. and international governments, civil society organizations, international agencies, academia, media, and the community, among others.

Lexi holds a doctoral degree in Spanish (Linguistics), a master’s degree in Spanish (Linguistics), and a graduate certificate in Computer Assisted Language Learning from Arizona State University, as well as a bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education from Minnesota State University Moorhead and an SPSS Advanced Analytic Techniques professional certificate from the University of West Florida.

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