Christian Villenas is the Director of Research at NSCC. Before joining NSCC Christian was a Senior Research Associate at GLSEN where he designed and managed research and evaluation projects related to LGBTQ issues in education. He also collaborated with GLSEN staff and key organizational allies to promote GLSEN’s efforts to achieve policy and programmatic improvements on LGBTQ issues in K-12 schools. Prior to GLSEN, Christian served as a senior policy analyst at Advocates for Children of New York (AFC) where he provided research and analysis of existing and emerging policy initiatives on the federal, state, and local levels related to education rights and education inequality. He also developed policy recommendations for the organization’s reports and policy agenda, represented AFC on several education coalitions/working groups, and contributed to research projects through the production of policy briefs, memos, and full-length reports. Christian has also served as a Data Analyst at the New York City Charter School Center and as a Research Associate Fellow at the NAEP Education Statistics Services Institute and the American Institutes for Research in Washington, DC.
Christian has spent the last 15 years conducting program evaluation, policy, and statistical analysis on projects related to education. His research has focused on social disparities in education, education policy, school climate, disability studies, LGBTQ students, the diffusion of new educational practices in schools, and college access. He has also taught courses in the sociology of disability, sociology of education, sociology of sports, and statistics. Christian also serves as a board member at the Center for Family Support, a not-for-profit human service agency that provides individualized support services and programs for individuals living with developmental disabilities, and for the families that care for them.