Quixada, named after Don Quixote, leverages her idealism to support communities in building strong, participatory democratic systems, particularly at the local level. As a civic researcher and community engagement designer, she specializes in creating processes to problem solve across difference, including race, and class. As a PhD in Education, Quixada cares deeply about the ways we educate our young people, and promotes individualized student learning as well as strong connections between schools and the communities they serve. Quixada works as an independent consultant, collaborating with civic organizations across the country to conceptualize new ideas and move them forward in ways that build our civic infrastructure and strengthen our democratic fiber. She is particularly interested in rural communities, and the special democratic processes that occur in small towns across the nation.