Born and raised in Guadalajara, Mexico, Toni is a Senior Behavioral Researcher at Duke University’s Common Cents Lab, within the Center for Advanced Hindsight, at its Common Cents Lab. Prior to her current position in North Carolina, she lived in New York City, pursuing her doctoral degree, looking at ways that low- and moderate-income urban communities respond to financial challenges using ‘informal’ financial mechanisms, and as a Research Associate at the policy evaluation firm, MDRC, and as a consultant for a private investment firm. Prior to that, she set up and managed a sustainable development cooperation program at the British Embassy in Mexico City.
She holds a PhD. in Public and Urban Policy from the New School for Social Research and MSc. in Development Management from the London School of Economics and Political Science.