Quixada Moore-Vissing is Associate Director for National Engagement Programs at Public Agenda, where she co-leads our national portfolio of engagement work. Quixada is a trained researcher, studying democracy and education issues at both the K-12 and postsecondary levels. 

Quixada currently serves on a Racial Equity and Community Engagement Advisory Committee for a national initiative on pretrial criminal justice reform. Her previous work has been with civic organizations or initiatives including the Bonner Center for Civic Engagement at the University of Richmond, New Hampshire Listens, Public Engagement Partners, and the MacArthur Foundation’s Safety and Justice Challenge. Quixada has taught high school, undergraduate, and graduate students, and worked in the higher education access field at the Lumina Foundation and New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation. She has published engagement and education work in a range of venues including two state civic health indexes as well as an essay in the book Creating Space for Democracy: A Primer on Dialogue and Deliberation in Higher Education. 

Quixada earned her Ph.D. in education at the University of New Hampshire, where she worked at the Carsey School of Public Policy to study intersections between public engagement and education. At the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Quixada earned a master’s in communications, examining the political economy of mass media as well as internet policy issues like net neutrality. She worked on a research grant at the Consumers Union related to the Federal Trade Commission’s efforts to regulate advertising to children and interned at the Media Education Foundation. Quixada also holds a Master of Arts in Teaching from the University of New Hampshire as well as a bachelor’s in Literature and Avant-Garde Art from Boston University’s University Professors program.

Areas of expertise: higher education, public engagement.