Quixada works with the Public Engagement team to move forward projects and research related to public engagement measurement, K-12 and higher education, equity, and other engagement initiatives. Her other areas of expertise include evaluation, rural public engagement, criminal justice, and dialogue and deliberation.
Quixada co-wrote the 2012 New Hampshire Civic Health Index, and has published work in Penguin Books and the Oxford Encyclopedia of Peace. She has worked for civic organizations focused on both localized and national work, including the University of New Hampshire’s New Hampshire Listens program, Everyday Democracy, and the Deliberative Democracy Consortium. She was the first director of the K-12 Collaborative at the University of Richmond’s Bonner Center for Civic Engagement, a partnership between the university and an elementary school in the city of Richmond that was aimed at disrupting the forces of poverty in K-12 education. Quixada has studied nonviolent philosophy as a fellow at the Ahimsa Center in California as well as the International School for Jain Studies in Delhi, India. She has worked as a high school teacher as well as in other education contexts, addressing issues of college access and degree attainment at the New Hampshire Higher Education Assistance Foundation and the Lumina Foundation.
Quixada earned her PhD in Education and Masters of Arts in Teaching at the University of New Hampshire, MA in Communications at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and BA in literature and avant-garde art from Boston University’s University Professors program. She wrote her dissertation about how a rural, low-income community and school district worked together to engage students and the community in a process of school transformation.