Leana Cabral

Research Associate



Ph.D. in Sociology & Education: Teachers College, Columbia University
B.A. in Comparative Women's Studies: Spelman College


Leana Cabral joins RFA’s qualitative research team as a research associate. She serves on the Out-of-School Time (OST) Coordination: Infrastructure for Supporting Healthy OST Ecosystems project which explores how city level OST coordination can contribute to community, family, and youth resilience moving forward from the COVID-19 pandemic into the future. She also serves on a project evaluating the Philadelphia pilot of Aspiring to Education (A2E) initiative which seeks to expand educator diversity.

Cabral has extensive experience working in out-of-school settings as an educator and administrator as well as in school settings as a researcher. Additionally, Cabral leverages her mixed methods training as a PhD candidate at Teachers College in Sociology and Education in support of her projects at RFA. Her research interests include the racial politics of public education, K-12 educational inequality and educational program evaluation and she is broadly committed to educational and racial justice and equity for all students.