Staff Directory

Welcome to the web site of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District
Office of Institutional Research and Planning (IR&P) serving the District and Foothill and De Anza colleges.

Dr. David D. Ulate is the Executive Director of IR&P for the Foothill-De Anza Community College District.  David joined the IR&P team in January of 2015, coming from the San Mateo County Community College District where he previously served as a Research Analyst and Interim Dean of Institutional Research and Planning.  Prior to that he worked as a Policy Analyst for the Foundation for California Community Colleges and as a high school mathematics teacher at Sunnyvale's Fremont High School.

David holds a Ph.D. in Education Policy and a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and Mathematics from the University of California, Davis, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from San José St. University.  His doctoral research focused on investigating how concurrent enrollment serves as a pathway to increasing the rates at which underrepresented students access and achieve in college.  A native to the south Bay Area, David has worked in education for over 20 years.  David can be reached at

 Lourdes Del Rio-Parent is the Senior Research Analyst / Data Warehouse Coordinator for the district research office. Lourdes has a Ph.D. in educational psychology with emphasis on cognition and instruction from the University of Connecticut; a M.S. in instructional media and technology from Central Connecticut State University; and, a B.A. in public communication with emphasis on photojournalism from the University of Puerto Rico.

Lourdes joined the IR&P staff in 2002. Prior to FHDA, she taught undergraduate courses in educational psychology and worked in government and non-profit research centers on projects related to the development of standardized assessments, enrollment projections, or program evaluations. Some of her work has been presented at regional and national research conferences (e.g., Development of a Climate for Diversity Survey at a Community College District; 2005 AERA meeting), published in technical journals (e.g., Study of a Dual Language Test Booklet in 8th Grade Mathematics, Applied Measurement in Education) or technical reports (e.g., Conducting Cognitive Laboratory Interviews to Study Accommodations for Students with Limited English Proficiency, American Institutes for Research). At FHDA, her main focus has been on the development of database systems to support research and the validation and submission of reports to state and federal government agencies. She is bilingual in Spanish and English and can be reached at

Dr. Elaine Kuo is the Director of Institutional Research and Planning at Foothill College. She joined the IR&P staff in September 2010. While her previous work experiences range from being an Assistant Director of Admissions to a Supervisor for University Apartments, her more recent positions include working as a Senior Research Analyst at UCLA's Center for Educational Assessment and as a Research Analyst at the Higher Education Research Institute (HERI).Elaine has presented research findings at the annual meetings of American Educational Research Association (AERA), American College Personnel Association (ACPA), Association for Institutional Research (AIR), and Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE). She has published in journals such as New Directions for Community Colleges and the Journal of Asian American Studies.

Elaine received her Ph.D. and M.A. in Higher Education and Organizational Change from UCLA and her B.S. in Education and Social Policy from Northwestern University. Elaine can be reached at

Dr. Mallory Newell is the Director of Institutional Research and Planning at De Anza College. She joined the IR&P staff in October 2010. She previously worked conducting research studies and policy analysis for the California Postsecondary Education Commission (CPEC) in Sacramento. She has presented at numerous conferences inlcuding the Western Political Science Association, the Pacific Northwestern Political Science Association and the California Association of Institutional Researchers. She is also published in the Journal of Applied Research in Community Colleges, the Journal for Higher Education Outreach and Engagement and the Community College Journal of Research and Practice. 

Mallory received her Ed.D from Sacramento State University in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. She completed her dissertation on the civic engagement of community college students and graduates. She received an M.A. in Political Science from Chico State University. As part of her graduate program she taught undergraduate courses in American and California Government. She has a B.A. in Communication Studies from Chico State University. Mallory can be reached at