Natali Gaxiola

2023-24 Year 2 Members

Natali Gaxiola (she/her) is an early childhood educator at Lennox School District. She earned an Associate of Arts degree in early childhood education from El Camino College and a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from California State University Dominguez Hills. She has been teaching in the Lennox State Preschool Program for twenty-one years. Her background in psychology and experience in the classroom has equipped her with strategies and teaching methods that support the development of the whole child. She believes in finding innovative ways of teaching and has found partnerships that facilitate consistent improvements in her pedagogy. The UCLA Mathematics Project has trained her with research-based teaching methods, which have led her to be featured on the Teaching Channel, present at the CMC South Conference, participate as a collaborating author of the book Choral Counting & Counting Collections: Transforming the PreK-5 math classroom, and current at the CGI Biennial Conference. In June 2019, she was named Los Angeles County’s 12th Annual Early Educator of the Year. In January 2020, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon appointed her to the California Early Childhood Policy Council. She was also named Employee of the Year for the Lennox School District for the 2021-2022 school year. She has a passion for learning and teaching. Natali also believes that a strong connection between home, school, and community is the most powerful element that leads to a child’s overall success.



  • Oakland, CA
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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.