Andre ChenFeng

2023-24 Alumni Members

Andre ChenFeng (he/him/his) is an advocate for healing-centered education. He is a Ph.D. student at Claremont Graduate University, with a focus on integrating contemplative practices and intersectional feminist theories into TK to 12 and higher education, specifically around liberation-based healing with educators of color. He has taught as an adjunct faculty member at CGU in the Teacher Education Program. Currently, he is a multi-age teacher at a small public school in Claremont. Andre received his Associate of Arts from Pasadena City College and his Bachelor’s and Master’s of Education from the University of California, Los Angeles. He taught seventh and eighth-grade mathematics for twelve years in Los Angeles. In his spare time, he watches This Is Us with his wife and enjoys reading books about big feelings with his son and daughter.


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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.