Alicia Torres is the senior director of communications at Child Trends. She works with the communications team to develop and implement strategic communications plans and programs to promote Child Trends’ research findings to intended audiences, and to build visibility for Child Trends leadership role in bridging rigorous, reliable research findings to the needs of practitioners and policymakers. Alicia is also responsible for outreach to the Hispanic community, establishing and building relationships with community leaders and organizations serving Hispanic children and youth; and disseminating relevant research findings about Latino children and youth to policymakers, nonprofit organizations, foundations, and media.
Alicia brings extensive experience developing and executing communications, media relations, and public policy strategies, as well as managing large-scale program and grant implementation. She has more than 15 years of experience in the management of strategic, evidenced-based communications and planning for scientific associations. Prior to joining Child Trends, Alicia served as Director, Communications and Outreach, for the American Educational Research Association (AERA), and Senior Director for Communications and Policy at the Society for Neuroscience (SFN). She previously served as Director, Media and Government Relations Division, at the American Institute of Physics (AIP), a federation of physics-related societies representing 135,000 scientists, engineers, and educators worldwide. While at AIP, she was the PI for a three-year National Science Foundation research grant, examining and developing effective methods for building public awareness and appreciation for science. Prior to her work at AIP, Alicia was a public policy and communications consultant and strategist for a variety of nonprofit organizations, including several focused on issues of concern to U.S. Latin American communities. Alicia earned her BA, MA, and PhD from University of Texas, Austin, where her early training was in math and her doctoral work focused on strategic communications and mass media studies. She is fluent in Spanish, and has strong competency in French.