Meghann Seril

2023-24 Alumni Members

Meghann Seril (she/her) is a third-grade teacher in the Mandarin Immersion program at Broadway Elementary in Venice, CA. In addition to being a grade-level lead teacher and new teacher mentor, she serves as a House of Representatives member for UTLA. She has been selected as a School Ambassador Fellow for the US Department of Education. Meghann earned her credential and Master’s in teaching from the University of Southern California. She is a National Board Certified teacher in the area of Middle Childhood Generalist. She was recognized as a 2022 LAUSD Teacher of the Year, 2022 LACOE Teacher of the Year, and a 2023 CA Teacher of the Year Finalist. When Meghann is not in the classroom, she enjoys baking, traveling, and listening to podcasts.


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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.