Edgar Montes currently serves as the Project Co-Director of the CARPE College Access & Success Network within the Center for Research on Equity & Innovation at the High Tech High Graduate School of Education. He works with a passionate group of college access and improvement science professionals to advance the college and career readiness and success of students in schools and districts throughout southern California.

Previously, Edgar served as the executive director of a California statewide initiative to scale up a multi-tiered system of support focused on advancing the academic, social-emotional, and behavioral development of the whole child through the Orange County Department of Education. Edgar also served as director of state and district partnerships for the College Board’s western regional office, director of college counseling at High Tech High Media Arts, and admission counselor at the University of San Diego.

Edgar earned his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Master of Arts in School Counseling from the University of San Diego. He is currently completing a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership at the University of Southern California.