Joshua Salas

2023-24 Year 2 Members

Joshua Salas (he/him/his) has always been a learner and advocate at heart. He began his journey at UC Santa Barbara, where he pursued studies in sociology & global studies. Being passionate about politics and the world around him, Josh was involved in educational justice and racial equity as a first-generation Black Guamanian. He then pursued his Master’s in sociology, deciding that academia wasn’t for him. Still wanting to work in education, Josh joined Teach for America Los Angeles, where he chose special education, inspired by his personal experience and his family’s involvement with IEPs. Inspired by his time with his students, he graduated with a second Master’s in special education. Now entering his 5th year teaching special education and third year at Alliance Renee and Meyer Luskin Academy, Josh works to address systemic inequities inside and outside of his classroom. In his pursuit to grow and uplift the voices of the most vulnerable students, Josh is dedicated to centering students and families in his work and all spaces. Alongside his department lead position, he co-advises the Associated Student Body (ASB), supports Teach Plus as a Senior Fellow, and is now an Aspiring Principal Fellow in the Diversity in Leadership Institute (DLI). He loves spending time with his loved ones, taking dance classes, traveling to new places, or reading new books when he is not teaching.

 

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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.