Chief Executive Officer, Dos Lobos Analytics, LLC


Dr. Cardenas is a seasoned, senior executive with 40 years of experience in the Federal government social policy research sector. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Data Recognition Corporation (DRC), where she headed the Survey Services Division, employing more than 200 workers. Previously, she served on the Executive Committee of the Gallup Organization’s Government Division, where she was responsible for Federal government business development (capture), overseeing the production of hundreds of complex proposals annually. Earlier in her career, she created the architecture for two national knowledge transfer programs: The Higher Education Center on Alcohol and Drug Abuse Prevention and the NIDA Technology Transfer Support Center. 

In both cases, she managed large teams of senior staff, overseeing multiple contract tasks, including market research; materials production, including training and resource manuals, tip sheets, toolkits, newsletters, videos and other technology; annual nationwide conferences; regional training events; mentoring programs; and one of the first internet websites. She has made numerous public presentations at conferences, as well as presentations to Federal government executives and C-level corporate executives. She also has hands-on experience conducting training sessions; writing and editing monographs on research topics; interviewing physicians, executives and others; and conducting focus group interviews. She taught public speaking for several years at the university level. She has a doctorate in Cultural Studies and a Masters of Business Administration from George Mason University in Virginia and a BA in English from California State University, Northridge. She also has a graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies from George Mason University.