Money Matters: Understanding and Advocating for Educational Equity and Justice in California’s 2024-25 State Budget


Please join us on Thursday, February 29 at 12:00PM PT for our webinar Money Matters: Understanding and Advocating for Educational Equity and Justice in California’s 2024-25 State Budget, which will help education advocates understand the following:
– What are the Governor’s 2024-25 budget proposals related to TK-12 education and higher education AND how will they impact students of color and low-income students?
– What will the budget process look like from this point until it’s finalized in June?
– What opportunities exist for advocates to engage in the process and influence the final budget outcomes?

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Feb 29 2024


12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

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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.