Linda Petersen

Linda earned her M.A. and Ph.D. in Education at the University of California, Berkeley.
Currently she holds the position of Director of Research for the WASC Senior College and University
Commission, the nonprofit agency responsible for accrediting four-year colleges and universities in California, Hawaii, and the Pacific Islands. In this role, she is responsible for all research efforts concerning accreditation of member institutions.

Linda has held several research, teaching, and administrative positions in higher education, including Associate Director for Operations for the Berkeley Evaluation and Assessment Research (BEAR) Center at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to that, she served as Program Manager at the University of California Office of the President for a system-wide project devoted to increasing faculty diversity, and
as Associate Director for Research for Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE), a joint effort between the University of California, Berkeley and Stanford University.

Linda also has experience in law, having worked for the California Department of Education’s legal office, as both a legal researcher and as a state Special Education Mediator. In addition, she worked as a Research Specialist for Gallaudet University, the liberal arts college for Deaf students. Linda has also volunteered as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the foster care system.