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Dr. Jade Aguilar

Partner / Director of Research Equity


  • Ph.D. Sociology, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies, University of Colorado at Boulder
  • B.A. Business Marketing, Colorado State University

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Portland, Oregon

Jade specializes in understanding systemic inequality and opportunity gaps, practices in data and research equity, and incorporating lived experience in community engagement.

Dr. Jade Aguilar, a partner and member of the Board of ECOnorthwest, is a practitioner-scholar with a deep understanding of institutional and systemic factors that create and promote social inequities. She has worked with a variety of private and public organizations to offer consultation on community-engaged research, institutional and systemic changes related to equity and inclusion, or providing an equity lens in project-based work. Her research focuses on examining these inequities, and the effectiveness of strategies that try to close these gaps. Jade specializes in research methodologies that promote equity and center community engagement instead of traditional methods that may exacerbate or perpetuate existing inequities. She has a deep understanding of equity and civil rights laws and compliance measures.

Jade has extensive public speaking experience, including teaching for 15 years at the college level, eight years leading professional development workshops/training on topics related to equity and diversity, and numerous invited and academic presentations. She has been the recipient of national awards and grants for academic and administrative research, teaching, and diversity advancement initiatives.

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