Brieana Johnson

Senior Associate Educator Engagement

Brieana Johnson (she/her) joins The Education Trust—West as a Senior Associate of Educator Engagement. A fierce advocate for educational justice, Brieana has 15 years of experience in K-12 teaching, teacher preparation, and nonprofit educational advocacy.

As an undergraduate student, Brieana began her journey as an educator with a student-initiated program that ignited Black and Brown students’ social and political consciousness while increasing their access to the University of California as a post-secondary possibility. Here, she began to see teaching as one of the most critical avenues toward the collective liberation of Black, Brown, Indigenous, and all marginalized peoples. After earning her M.Ed. from UCLA, Brieana taught for over a decade in Los Angeles and Oakland, where she was committed to cultivating meaningful learning experiences for her students that were transformative, humanizing, and liberatory. As she continued to grow in her practice, Brieana realized that excellent teaching and learning in the K-12 classroom cannot happen sustainably without the policy and infrastructure to ensure that teachers are adequately supported to fully serve those students furthest from opportunity. In a pivot away from the classroom, she served as a curriculum developer and researcher for Oakland Kids First, where she analyzed data and trends in Oakland Unified School District, engaging students, parents, and teachers to inform student organizing efforts that sought to advocate for equitable practices within the district.

Brieana is an Adjunct Instructor in the Teacher Education Department at the University of San Francisco and is the founder of Pedagogy of Resistance – an organization dedicated to providing teachers with access to high-quality, social justice-focused curriculum and training at no cost. She has a particular interest in teacher of color retention, as well as in the historical underserving of Black students in educational institutions across the U.S. Along with the recognition of the interconnectedness of all liberation struggles, Brieana believes that a true commitment to the education of all children looks like teachers, parents, administrators, policymakers, and community members leveraging their power to intentionally disrupt the status quo. When we, as educators, each in our given capacities, are working in a concerted effort toward this common mission, we are engaging in an act of resistance that is powerful enough to shake the current system to its core.


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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.