Megan Kane

External Relations Associate

Megan Kane (she/her/hers) joins The Education Trust–West as the External Relations Associate with an educational equity, research, and advocacy background. At Ed Trust–West, she works on the FIERCE Student Fellowship, coordinates communication with Fellows and CORE partners, supports collateral releases, and engages with coalition members. She is passionate about working towards an equitable education system that centers racial justice for students and reflects the diversity of California’s population.

Megan enjoys working with organizations and non-profits dedicated to closing the opportunity gap many students of color face. During her undergraduate career, she worked with court-involved youth in the DC area as a Program Coordinator at Georgetown’s Center for Social Justice (CSJ). She provided mentorship and tutoring services and advocated for students to pursue higher education opportunities. Megan also interned at the Library of Congress and worked on various oral history projects that uplifted the experience of black students at Georgetown. Most recently, Megan worked at the Center for Intercultural Education and Development on State Department-funded international exchange programs. She worked with students from the United States, Central America, and the Caribbean on professional development and community advocacy.

Born and raised in California, Megan has deep roots in the East Bay and is excited to use her experience to give back to her community. Megan holds a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service (BSFS) from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. She majored in Culture and Politics, concentrating on politics, identity, and memory.

 

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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.