Pamela Low

Policy Analyst - TK-12

Pamela M. Low (she/her) is a K-12 Policy Analyst at the Education Trust—West (ETW), where she works to improve education equity, access, and outcomes through policy. Part of the TK-16 Education Policy team, Pamela brings experience as an art educator, a community partner with California school districts, and a social justice organizer.

As an art educator, Pamela began working with students at her local Parks and Recreation Center, where she learned from and worked with classroom teachers from the San Francisco Bay Area. After graduating from college, she joined the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, where she developed, executed, and evaluated school and teacher programs. A large part of her role was to support teachers with arts integration in the classroom, social-emotional learning strategies, and California’s Ethnic Studies requirement. Seeking to create a more significant impact, she hopes to continue this important work of educating the whole child through policy at ETW.

From Hayward and Oakland, CA, Pamela is a first and fifth-generation Chinese American. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology and gender studies from Santa Clara University and a master’s degree in education (Policy, Organization, and Leadership Studies) from Stanford University. In her free time, she enjoys visiting local museums, parks, and eateries.

 

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Ethnic Studies and Inclusive Curriculum
Transitional Kindergarten Implementation
TK-12
Policy Analysis & Development
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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.