Before joining InquireFirst, Denisse A. Tirado was director of the Institute of the Americas Summer Camp on Science and Innovation. For six years, Denisse helped organize the camp for more than 200 students from 16 Latin American countries, the Caribbean and the U.S. who received scholarships to attend the two-week program. The camp, which is conducted in Spanish, is designed for motivated students who have demonstrated interest in science and desire to go to college, but they need support and motivation from educators.
In 2015, Denisse launched a five-day workshop, complementary to the Science & Innovation Summer Camp, that engages high school science instructors in an idea-generating program designed to promote innovative teaching techniques in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Denisse also worked with the Vice President of the Institute of the Americas, S. Lynne Walker, in coordinating logistics for professional development workshops for journalists in Latin America and the Caribbean.
From 2007-2010 Denisse worked in the Office of Academic Support and Instructional Services (OASIS) at the University of California, San Diego. Where she supported underrepresented freshmen students in achieving maximum academic and personal success and satisfaction with first- year college experience via weekly group meetings with a facilitator, an academic counselor, and a mentor. During this time, Denisse also volunteered at Gompers Middle School tutoring 6th grade English.
Denisse has a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies focused on Political Science and a Minor in International Migration Studies from the University of California, San Diego.
Denisse earned her MBA from California State University San Marcos, where she now serves as Director of MBA Operations. Her specialization is business intelligence.