Elinor Velasquez




Elinor Velasquez graduated from The Bishop's School, La Jolla, California, and then attended Mount Holyoke College, where she double majored in Physics and Astronomy. Upon graduation, she worked in a shock tube engineering laboratory at University of California, San Diego. She later received a master's in applied mathematics as well as a doctoral degree in Mathematics from University of California, San Diego. She completed postdoctoral training at University of California, Berkeley through a University of California President's postdoctoral fellowship and a National Science Foundation postdoctoral fellowship. She also completed a master's in Cell and Molecular Biology from San Francisco State University and a master's in Biomolecular Engineering from University of California, Santa Cruz.


Elinor has taught at University of California, Berkeley, University of California, Los Angeles, California State University, East Bay, California State University at Fresno, San Diego State University, University of California, Santa Cruz Extension, Chabot College, and Mesa Junior College in San Diego. Besides teaching at Futures, Elinor also teaches at University of California, Berkeley (Extension campus).

Fun Facts and Hobbies

  • Elinor enjoys books, film, art and music and spending time with her family.
  • Elinor completed a certificate program in Data Science during the Covid-19 pandemic.
  • Elinor recently completed a project in Causal Inference for the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.