Ana K. Soltero López, Ph.D.

2023-24 Year 1 Members

Dr. Ana K. Soltero López is an Education instructor at Fresno City College in the Central Valley of California. She has been a teacher educator for nine years and espouses an educator philosophy that is firmly grounded in equity-centered, student-centered, asset-based, social justice, anti-racist, and anti-deficit perspectives and applications. Her courses centralize culturally and linguistically sustaining pedagogies, critical teacher inquiry and reflexivity, and community-building and empowerment. Her general research focus is K-20 BIPOC educational access, retention, and persistence. Her research agenda is informed by her teaching and work with youth, educators, and BIPOC communities and lies at the intersection of disciplines such as Education, Ethnic Studies, Sociology, and Immigration Studies. Her recent research projects and co-authored publications address the terrorized linguistic and racial experiences of bilingual Latina pre-service teachers. Dr. Soltero López earned a Master’s and Ph.D. in Education with an emphasis in Race and Ethnic Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and bachelor’s degrees in Psychology, Chicana/o/x Studies, Education Studies, and Spanish from the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB).

 

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Karla Fernandez

Communications Manager

Karla Fernandez (she/her/hers) joins Ed Trust–West as a Communications Manager with over 11 years of experience advancing social impact initiatives.

Karla started her career as a teacher at Chicago Public Schools and UIC College Prep. After teaching, Karla joined United Friends of the Children to support LA County’s youth in foster care as a college counselor. Through Leadership for Educational Equity, Karla also served as a Policy Advisor Fellow for the office of a Los Angeles Unified School Board Member. She solidified her interests in policy analysis and quantitative research during her time with the Price Center for Social Innovation, the Housing Authority of the City of Los Angeles, and the USC Presidential Working Group on Sustainability. Before joining The Education Trust–West, Karla was the Associate Director for the Southeast Los Angeles (SELA) Collaborative, a network of nonprofits advocating for communities in SELA.

Karla holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from the University of Chicago, a Master of Public Policy from the USC Price School of Public Policy, and a Graduate Certificate in Policy Advocacy from the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism. Karla is based out of southern California and is passionate about using data analysis, communications, and digital strategies for policy advocacy and social justice efforts.