Marilyn Davis is a Holmes Scholar and doctoral student in Language Literacy & Sociocultural Studies and Educational Psychology, College of Education, University of New Mexico, prepared in both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Her doctoral research focuses on African American adolescent academic identity development in out-of-class time spaces. She is the lead Research Scientist representing the Cradle to Career Policy Institute for the Santa Fe Community College Department of Labor, grant funded Skill Up Network: Pathway Acceleration in Technology and Healthcare (SUN PATH) implementation program evaluation. Ms. Davis has primarily worked with educators and administrators in K-20 education settings for over twenty-five years. Professional experience includes ethnographic field research in educational settings, school/university partnership development, curriculum development, and teaching undergraduate and graduate human development and graduate research courses. Employment includes: Instructor/NCATE Accreditation Officer at Zayed University, United Arab Emirates; Director of the New Jersey Consortium for Urban Teacher Education at Montclair State University; Associate Director of Research Service Learning at the University of New Mexico and; Program Director/Liaison of the Albuquerque Public Schools/University of New Mexico Teacher Education Professional Development Partnerships. Ms. Davis is an active member of educational leadership, educational research, study of human development and teacher education professional associations. Nationally, Ms. Davis is best known for negotiating and operationalizing value-added funding opportunities for school/ university/community partnerships.