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Sarah Torres Lugo

Research Associate


Sarah Torres Lugo is a Research Associate with NCHEMS. Her qualitative and quantitative skills allow her to work on a variety of projects focused on improving strategic decision-making in postsecondary education for states, systems, institutions, and workforce development organizations. Prior to joining NCHEMS, Sarah served as a Research Assistant with the Institute for Research on Higher Education and as a Program and Management Analyst Trainee with Federal Student Aid’s Customer Analytics Group.

Her areas of interest include the connection between postsecondary education and the workforce, quality assurance, and affordability.

Education & Training

Sarah holds a master’s degree in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania and a bachelor’s degree in Political Science with a concentration in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.

Outside Interests

Sarah enjoys spending time outdoors skiing, hiking, camping, and growing vegetables. She has a growing list of nicknames for her dog, enjoys catching up with friends over homecooked meals, is always grateful for new podcast recommendations, and connects with her family in Texas and Colombia often.

Why I Work With NCHEMS

I feel very privileged to work at NCHEMS because equitable access to, and success with, postsecondary education is a cause I deeply care about; I have colleagues that are thoughtful and dedicated to NCHEMS’ mission; and the work is never dull, allows me to strengthen and use my skills, and connects me with postsecondary education leaders nationwide.