Monica Macias is a Research Analyst with four years of experience in community-based participatory research. Her journey began as an undergraduate research intern for the UCLA Labor Center, where she worked alongside a team of researchers to examine how retail workers were impacted by unstable work schedules in Los Angeles. Taking part in this study inspired Monica to use research as a tool for action. After the UCLA Labor Center, Monica transitioned to work with Dr. Jorja Leap and Dr. Todd Franke as a Research Assistant at the UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs. During her journey there, she worked on multiple evaluation studies. These studies include evaluating community-police relations in housing developments across Los Angeles, and evaluating educational programs in the Los Angeles Unified School District. Monica uses her research expertise to enact change in the communities involved. During her free time, Monica likes to hike, spend time with her dog, and watch novelas.