Erica Silva, Ed.D.

2023-24 Year 2 Members

Erica Silva (she/her/ella) is the Associate Director of K-12 Programs at the USC Race & Equity Center where she coordinates and leads professional development with schools and districts across the country to advance racial equity within their organizations. She is also an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the USC Rossier School of Education where she teaches courses for pre-service teachers on instructional technology and educational equity in the Master of Arts in teaching program. Dr. Silva holds a doctorate in K-12 educational leadership from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California, an M.A. in urban education from Loyola Marymount University, and a B.A. in political science from USC. Erica has worked for the past decade as a teacher in both elementary and middle school, and as an instructional specialist where she trained and worked with teachers on district-wide curriculum implementation, assessment development, technology integration, and culturally responsive pedagogy. She is passionate about bridging the gap between policy, research, and practice and addressing the racial equity challenges that exist within K-12 education.


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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.