Claudia Ramirez Wiedeman, PhD

Managing Director


With more than 25 years of experience in teaching, research, and higher education administration, Claudia oversees the Center’s day-to-day operations, executes strategic priorities, and interfaces with a global network of stakeholders to ensure the Center realizes its mission. 

Claudia earned her PhD in 1998 from the UCLA School of Education and Information Studies. Before serving in her current role at Center EDGE, she was most recently the director of research and evaluation at the USC Shoah Foundation – The Institute for Visual History and Education. Claudia also previously held a tenured professorship at Whittier College where she taught in the teacher education and Master’s programs and served as associate director of its lab school, The Broadoaks Children’s School.

Claudia regularly engages in the dissemination of her scholarly activities, most recently on innovations in SEL and AI-powered storytelling, as well as on the role of university-school-community partnerships in promoting civic engagement among students.


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