Zahra Mojtahedi is the Senior Planning and Research Analyst in the Office of Planning, Research, and Institutional Effectiveness (PRIE) at Skyline College. She engages in a diverse range of projects and responsibilities working directly with administrators, faculty, staff, and students across the College and the District. Some of her primary areas of focus include leading data report design and data integrity improvement projects, developing and coordinating college-wide surveys, and presenting on student outcomes data across the College. In her time at Skyline College, Zahra has also co-written and co-edited major grant applications, contributing to the College and the San Mateo County Community College District (SMCCCD) collectively having secured over $4 million in grant awards to support key student success initiatives.
Zahra enjoys collaborating with faculty, staff, and students, and she regularly presents at local and state-wide conferences on how institutional research offices can play a more active role in supporting the meaningful use of survey results to support campus equity efforts and continuous institutional improvement. In addition, she has been providing technical assistance to other California Community Colleges since 2017, serving as a Partnership Resource Team (PRT) member on multiple PRTs through the Institutional Effectiveness Partnership Initiative (IEPI) through the California Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office (CCCCO).
Prior to joining Skyline College, Zahra was a Graduate Student Researcher at the UCLA Civil Rights Project, supporting research on the impact of potential federal policy changes on community colleges and MSI-designated institutions. She has also worked at a wide variety of education and social policy research organizations in Washington D.C. and the Bay Area. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of Public Policy from the University of California, Los Angeles.