Our Team

Perla Sandoval

Community Engagement Coordinator sandoval@actionresearch-inc.com

Education: M.S. Applied Social & Health Psychology, Colorado State University, Fort Collins

Perla has over 7 years of mix-methods research design experience. Since joining the Action Research Team in 2018, she has taken a key role in several projects. Perla manages project logistics, communication, material development, report writing and community engagement needed for each project. As part of the CALTRANS, SANDAG, NCTD, and City of San Diego Disparity Studies, she has conducted in-depth interviews with minority-and woman-owned businesses, coordinated community engagement with local organizations, and reviewed contracting practices and DBE program measures. Furthermore, Perla has lead Spanish-speaking participant recruitment for focus groups and conducted focus groups both in English and in Spanish for the City of San Diego and County of San Diego. She has extensive experience conducting intercept interviews in which community members are approached for interviews in community settings. For the County of San Diego, Perla has also managed and conducted in-depth interviews with commercial businesses to inform the further development of the outreach program to protect local waterways.

Key Talents: Perla has extensive experience in conducting qualitative and quantitative research with the diverse audiences. Perla has also worked with many interdisciplinary teams to find solutions to project roadblocks. Her 6 years of non-profit work experience and fluency in Spanish have provided her with many opportunities to work with diverse communities. From engineers, social science researchers, or community members, Perla has honed her ability to engage across all types of audiences.

During her spare time Perla likes to bake, go to the beach, or spend time with family. When the weather permits, Perla keeps the Colorado spirit alive and heads for the mountains.