Belinda Reyes is an expert in demographics, education, immigration, urban economics, opportunity youth, and the social and economic progress of Latinx in the United States. Her work explores the intersection of demographic change and policy to examine institutional policies and practices that limit opportunities and perpetuate unequal outcomes for people of color.
Belinda has briefed various federal, state, and local governmental bodies and addressed numerous civic organizations. For example, she was an advisor to the White House Initiative of the Educational Excellence for Hispanics, which was part of President Obama’s White House Initiative on Men of Color.
Belinda is an Associate Professor at the Department of Latina and Latino Studies at San Francisco State. As the Director of the Cesar E Chavez Institute, Reyes generated hundreds of thousands in funds for research and opportunities for students. She is also an Adjunct Fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California. Previously she was a founding faculty member at the University of California, Merced; a senior program associate at PolicyLink; and a research fellow at the University of Michigan. She holds a B.S. in economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley.