Roxana L. Galan

Chief Financial Officer

Roxana L. Galan

I work at DQC because we are all about helping every student cross the educational bridge to fulfill their life mission and purpose. The story begins and ends with high quality education data for everyone with a stake in education, especially students, parents, teachers, and policymakers.

Roxana provides strategic leadership across all financial and operational areas of the organization. She leads a team of ambitious learners who are passionate about education and trusted by their colleagues to adapt to the evolving needs of a growing organization. Roxana’s team is directly responsible for all of the functions relating to the finance and operations of the organization and ensures that the “business side of things” is aligned to DQC’s vision, mission, strategic plan, goals, and objectives.

Before joining DQC in 2005, Roxana held positions as the chief financial officer for the National Center for Educational Achievement, director of business affairs at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, chief financial officer and human resources director for a Continuing Education Center at the University of Texas at Austin, financial and tax consultant for both local and national CPA firms, and an international business manager for a global nonprofit organization in Moscow/St. Petersburg, Russia.

Roxana earned a bachelor’s of business administration degree in accounting from the University of Texas at Austin and a master’s degree in business administration, with a concentration in management and minor in human resources, from Texas State University. She holds a Certified Public Accountancy license in the State of Texas and is a Texas Notary Public.

Roxana likes to take road trips, especially to visit any point along the pacific coastline in southern California, while listening to her favorite music and enjoying the scenery and her favorite munchies. She also enjoys reading Christian books and the bible; having deep, meaningful conversations with close friends; and, of course, spending time with her family.

Who are your education heroes? My education heroes are many and include students, parents, teachers, principals, or really just about anyone who is really passionate about helping kids learn to dream about what is possible for their life, regardless of their situation, circumstances, or obstacles.

Tell us a data use story that you love. My data use story is hearing about how Georgia’s Department of Education has made great strides in learning to how to effectively use data to help Georgia teachers help Georgia kids. I also had the opportunity to see their data system and use in action. It was very powerful and impactful.

What’s your superpower? My superpower is learning to realize that everything that happens to us in life has meaning and purpose no matter how seemingly random, inconsequential , good, bad, right, or wrong things may appear to be. The human life is full of meaning and purpose regardless of how chaotic and confusing the world would lead us to believe at times.