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Luisa Reyes

Strategic Initiatives and Communications Manager

Ms. Luisa Reyes is the Strategic Initiatives and Communications Manager at UC San Diego's Teaching + Learning Commons. Previous to this role, she served as the Institute of the Americas’ STEM Programs Manager, after four years of being an influential contributor to the Institute’s Science & Innovation Summer Camp and Co-founding the Professional Workshop for STEM Instructors. 

As a Gates Millennium Scholar, Ms. Reyes completed her bachelor’s degree specializing in neuroscience & physiology at the prestigious University of California, San Diego. During her time there, she co-authored the renowned book Mexican Migration and the U.S. Economic Crisis: A Transitional Perspective, focusing the study on parallel relationships between traditional and scientific medicine, in collaboration with the Mexican Migration Field Research Program. Subsequently, she became a licensed Emergency Medical Technician where she provided her services in the state’s highest unemployment community for three years. 

In the educational sector, she served as Civil Engineering Department Lead for over two years at the national Mathematics, Engineering, Science, Achievement (MESA) program and is a partner for the renowned Reuben H. Fleet Science Center. She took the IOA STEM Programs to an international audience utilizing her experience of 10 years in the U.S. - Mexico region, where she designed the implementation of an innovative workshop for both students and instructors in Argentina and Mexico. Luisa continues her mission by serving as a spokesperson, panelist, and instructor in national and international leadership, academic, and health & science forums.