Lina Guzman

Lina Guzman

Chief Strategy Officer and Director of the Hispanic Institute, Bethesda, MD

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Education & Certification

Ph.D., Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Lina Guzman, PhD, is chief strategy officer at Child Trends and director of its Hispanic Institute. In her role as Child Trends’ chief strategy officer, Dr. Guzman is responsible for increasing the organization’s impact, leading its strategic business development, and developing and executing its strategic initiatives.  

Dr. Guzman is a nationally recognized expert on Latino children and families whose research focuses on bringing a voice to the diversity, experiences, and strengths of our nation’s Latino communities to help improve policy and programs. As principal investigator of the National Research Center on Hispanic Children and Families (the Hispanic Center), funded by the Administration for Children and Families, Dr. Guzman oversees a research agenda that cuts across various areas of family well-being, including poverty and economic self-sufficiency, fatherhood and healthy marriage, and early care and education. She also directs communication efforts and builds strategic partnerships within the research, policy, and practice communities to ensure that the Center’s research reaches key and diverse audiences, and oversees an emerging scholars program aimed at training and increasing the number of young scholars who focus on Hispanic families. Relatedly, since joining Child Trends, Dr. Guzman has hired, trained, and mentored more than a dozen researchers whose work is focused on Latino families.