Emiliana Vegas joined Brookings as senior fellow and co-director of the Center for Universal Education in August 2019. Prior, Vegas served as the chief of the Education Division at the Inter-American Development Bank. Vegas worked at The World Bank in Washington, D.C., from 2001 to 2012, where she held various positions in the Human Development Network, including lead economist and human development sector leader for Central America. Vegas has written extensively on issues affecting educational systems in Latin America and the Caribbean and other developing regions. Her papers and books cover topics ranging from policies and teacher effectiveness to school finance and early childhood development policies. Vegas has a doctor of education degree from Harvard University, with a concentration in economics of education; a master of public policy degree from Duke University; and a bachelor’s degree in communications, with a concentration in journalism from Andrés Bello Catholic University in Caracas, Venezuela.