12/19/2023

Empowering Bright Futures: The Alliance’s Policy Agenda for California’s Leaders to Support Student Parents and Their Families

Unlocking the potential of 3.9 million parenting Californians without a college degree is key to empowering bright futures and fortifying the state’s economy. However, in both […]
11/08/2023

Empowering Bright Futures: A First Look at The California Alliance for Student Parent Success’ Policy Agenda

The Education Trust–West and California Competes: Higher Education for a Strong Economy are building The California Alliance for Student Parent Success (“The Alliance”) to support and […]
04/13/2022

Study finds teachers need more support with math instructional materials for English Learners

Research from @edtrustwest and partners finds that 2.1 million students who attend California’s community colleges will greatly benefit if #Prop16 is passed, which provides a new opportunity to address structural racism in education and workforce!
08/25/2021

Studies Identify Steps to Support Asian and Asian American Students Amid Current Forms of Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia

Excited to share vital research from @uclaseisin partnership with @EdTrustWest and @CollegeOpp that identifies steps #K12 and #highered leaders can take to #StopAAPIHate and create positive learning environments for #Asian and #AsianAmerican students: bit.ly/3sJRpoc
08/05/2021

Voices from California Higher Education: Recommendations for Centering Equity Amidst Campus Re-Openings

The California legislature is sending public colleges and universities some of the greatest levels of one-time spending in recent history. Based on insights from college and […]
06/29/2021

Bright Spot from the Field – Identifying and Supporting Student Parents at Fresno State

California State University, Fresno is the largest state university in the Central Valley, serving over 25,000 students primarily from the surrounding counties. An estimated 20 percent […]
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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.