Erika Oseguera

Senior Director of Planning Grants and Administration

Erika (she/her/hers) comes to Ed Trust–West with over 12 years of operational support experience in the private and non-profit sectors. She attended Oakland public schools K-12. As a product of the Oakland community, Erika has a long-standing history of working with diverse low-income communities providing direct service and advocacy work in law, health, and education. Erika attended the University of California, Berkeley, as a Dreamer, where she attained her B.A. in Social Welfare and Education. While at Cal, Erika completed an honors thesis on the challenges faced by the undocumented population in the United States in the sectors of education, employment, and healthcare and proposed policy recommendations, some of which are currently in effect. Additionally, Erika worked with her alma mater, Castlemont High School, where she co-developed and taught an English learner class for recent immigrants and provided resources to undocumented students throughout the Bay Area. Her background and educational experience confirmed her passion for advancing equity in 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.