Julia Lara is the president of J Lara Educational Consulting, LLC, a small company based in Washington DC. The company provides best practice research, program evaluations, training, report writing, meeting facilitation, and project management services. Prior to establishing a small business, she worked at the office of the Deputy Mayor for Education in the District of Columbia as the early childhood content specialist. She held various assignments at the Council of Chief State School officers (CCSSO) including Director of the Division of State Services and Technical Assistance center director, program director, and senior project associate. Ms. Lara has written extensively on matters related to the education of English Language Learners and students enrolled in low performing schools. She holds Master’s degree from Columbia University in New York City, and Doctorate degree from George Mason University, in Virginia.