Francesca Fraga Leahy, Ed.M., Project Coordinator, Director’s Office

Francesca Leahy

Phone: 512.471.6260

Dana Center Role

Francesca assists the executive director with research and communications related to students’ successful transitions to postsecondary education. She works with Center teams to transmit clear messages to constituents, collaborators, and funders related to the Center’s work in redesigning pathways to upward mobility in higher education.

Before Joining the Dana Center

Francesca taught for five years in the Rio Grande Valley and Central Texas to majority low-income and English language learner students. During her three years of teaching 6th-grade social studies at John F. Kennedy Elementary in South Texas, she was head of the history department and site coordinator for the AVID enrichment program. At Austin Achieve Public Schools, Francesca taught 6th-grade math and led multiple projects as school data strategist. Her graduate work at Harvard University focused on state education policy and applied data analysis. She also worked as a graduate research assistant with the Strategic Data Project at the Center for Education Policy Research at Harvard University.


Ed.M., Education Policy and Management, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard University

B.A., Mexican-American Studies, minor in Psychology, The University of Texas at Austin

Selected Publications

Treisman, U., & Leahy, F. (2016). Multiple mathematics pathways to college, career, and beyond. In College and Career Readiness (Chapter 2). London, U.K.: Routledge for the National Center for Measurement in Education. [Manuscript in preparation]

Getz, A., & Leahy, F. (2015). A call to action to expand access to statistics. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Getz, A., & Leahy, F. (2015). NMP state-level mobilization. Austin, TX: The Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.

Selected Presentations

The New Mathways Project: Rethinking the pathway to Calculus to broaden participation in the STEM workforce. Presented at the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science national conference, Long Beach, CA (October 2016).