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Samantha Tiscareño is a research analyst for the Research and Action Center at Impact Justice. She previously worked as a graduate research assistant at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. Before that she worked directly with systems-impacted youth and adults, and those experiencing homelessness to coordinate and provide resources based on their needs. 

Samantha’s personal experiences and commitment to community work fueled her educational choices, where she received a masters in public policy degree with highest honors from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She also has a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Los Angeles. During her academic career, her research focused on analyzing the impacts of juvenile and criminal justice policies on communities of color, the school-to-prison pipeline, juvenile justice and trauma, system disparities, and evidence-based practices.