Victoria Ballerini

Senior Consultant



B.A. in Sociology: University of Buenos Aires
Master of Social Policy: Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences
Ph.D. in Postsecondary Education: New York University


Victoria Ballerini is a Senior Consultant who contributes to RFA’s postsecondary policy projects, including research and evaluation of state and local free community college programs and statewide policies to narrow racial and ethnic gaps in postsecondary attainment. Ballerini also led research on the scholarship and mentoring implementation of Say Yes to Education-Cleveland, and co-directed a study on state efforts to recognize learning that occurs outside of a college setting. She is currently leading the implementation study of Dallas County Promise, and serving as strategic research partner for the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. The Presidents’ Alliance is launching the Immigration and Higher Education Hub, and online tool centralizing data and research on postsecondary and workforce benefits available to immigrant-origin students. In support of the hub, RFA is conducting state-level policy tracking and analyses of postsecondary and licensure policies that benefit undocumented students.

Prior to joining RFA, Victoria worked in the Minister’s Office at Argentina’s Federal Ministry of Social Development, led international academic initiatives for Georgetown University’s Department of Government, and was a fellow at the Steinhardt Institute for Higher Education Policy. She also taught statistics, and international higher education policy courses at New York University and Baruch College. Victoria’s research focuses on higher education policy reform from a comparative perspective, access and equity, and tuition-free/open-access models in higher education. She holds a master’s degree in Social Policy with concentration in Education from the Latin American Faculty of Social Sciences, and a PhD in Higher and Postsecondary Education from New York University.