Rena Dorph is the Interim Director of the Lawrence Hall of Science. She assumed the role on May 1, 2016 after the retirement of Elizabeth K. Stage, who served as Director of the Hall from 2003–2016.
Rena has been a part of the Leadership Team at the Hall since 2003, when she joined the Hall as Director of the Research Group. In her role as the Research Group Director, Rena provided leadership and support for the Hall community as well as for organizations who contract with the Group. She continues to serve as the Principal Investigator for multiple grants from Federal agencies and private foundations and is a Founder and Principal Investigator of the Learning Activation Lab. Rena has worked in the field of educational research and evaluation for over 20 years. Rena’s research has focused on the relationship between learning experiences and outcomes, paying consistent attention to issues of equity, access, and impact. Prior to joining the Hall, Rena served as Director for Research, Policy, and Technology in the Teacher Education and Professional Development Unit of the University of California Office of the President; as an educational consultant for California schools, districts, and county offices of education; as the Lead Researcher and Coordinator for the SB1274 School Restructuring Study based at the University of California, Berkeley; and for the National Center for Restructuring Education, Schools, and Teaching at Columbia University/Teachers College in New York City. Rena received a B.A. in Psychology from the University of California, Davis; an M.A. in the Sociology of Education from Teachers College at Columbia University; and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy, Organization, Measurement, and Evaluation from University of California, Berkeley’s Graduate School of Education.