11/17/2020

Seen, Heard, Reflected: Building and Sustaining a Diverse STEM Teacher Pipeline

By 2022, California will have the largest share of the STEM workforce and jobs across the country. This leading tech workforce, however, is far from representative of the state’s diverse population - only 5% of the tech industry workforce is Latinx and just 2% of the workforce is Black.
06/14/2017

Hear My Voice: Strengthening the College Pipeline for Young Men of Color in California

California’s young men of color continue to face troubling academic disparities and persistent discrimination on their path to and through higher education, finds our new report, […]
10/26/2015

Black Minds Matter: Supporting the Educational Success of Black Children in California

“Black Minds Matter: Supporting the Educational Success of Black Children in California,” examines how the nearly 1 million Black youth in California are faring from preschool […]
02/05/2015

REPORT: Pathways to College and Career Readiness: Bringing the New California Standards to Life through Linked Learning

Showing early indicators of increased graduation rates and college readiness among students of color and low-income students, Linked Learning has the potential to be even more […]
05/23/2014

REPORT: Beyond Satisfactory: Redefining Teacher Support and Evaluation to Improve Teaching and Learning

The Education Trust—West releases initial findings from a two-year study examining innovative teacher evaluation systems in a new report titled, Beyond Satisfactory: Redefining Teacher Support and […]
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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.