Elaine Perea

Dr. Elaine Perea

Director of Technical Assistance Programs with Chiefs for Change


Elaine Perea is an experienced education leader who collaborates with business, government, education and nonprofit leaders to prepare students for the future. As New Mexico’s Director of College and Career Readiness, Dr. Perea oversees a committed team to improving Career Technical Education (CTE) throughout the state. She has leadership responsibility in managing secondary and community college CTE programs. Her responsibilities also include student-centered initiatives such as advanced placement, dual credit, early college high schools and workforce readiness programs. Dr. Perea interfaces with education and business leaders, representing the PED externally to business and community constituencies.

Hundreds of college- and university-level students have learned psychology and statistics under Dr. Perea’s guidance, at University of New Mexico and Florida’s Daytona State College. Dr. Perea has presented at state and national conferences on topics such as how disaggregating data drives program improvement, and how data is used to strengthen overall education, including in CTE courses. She has been invited to participate on several statewide, regional and national committees that have focused on measuring the impact of programs, budget and finance, and accountability.

Dr. Perea previously held several key roles in finance as well, including positions as comptroller, communications director for investment activities, and investment analyst. Dr. Perea holds Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in Social Psychology from Arizona State University and has published in several peer reviewed journals. Her undergraduate studies were completed at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, New Mexico.