Russlynn Ali Summer Fellowship

The Education Trust—West (ETW) seeks a 3rd cohort of Russlynn Ali Summer Fellows for 2020.  The goal of the Fellowship is to support people of color entering policy and advocacy leadership by laying the foundation for current and future policymakers, researchers, advocates, and promising African American, Latinx, Asian American, Pacific Islander and Indigenous people to become lifelong leaders within California’s P-16 education ecosystem.  From June through August, Fellows will gain exposure to the issues, policies, and politics of the current California landscape through a cohort experience and will work on a project with an ETW team to advance educational equity and racial justice issues.  All Fellows must have a passion for improving the educational experiences and outcomes for students of color and low-income students, and the belief that these students could be much more successful if institutions better served them.

For additional information about each Fellowship position, and to apply, see details below. We encourage you to submit your application by our priority deadline of February 9, 2020. If you are interested in applying for multiple Fellowships, please submit a separate application for each with a customized cover letter pertaining to the specific fellowship for which you are applying.


Early Learning Fellow 

Lead research that helps to identify how school districts are using LCFF funds to support state-funded preschool programs, ensuring that the funding contributes to the success of priority populations. Learn more and apply → 


STEM Equity Fellow

Produce a set of policy recommendations, and aligned campaign goals, that ETW should consider advancing in order that students of color and low-income students receive a world-class STEM education. Learn more and apply →

School District Engagement Fellow

Conduct a two-phase research and facilitation process to help districts identify the systemic barriers that limit students’ success and develop action plans for change. Learn more and apply →

Digital Storytelling Fellow

Lead a project plan for a piece of digital content to be used by professors and student services staff etc. to better support students who are unhoused and students who are parenting. Learn more and apply →

Pathways to College Fellow

Lead the creation of a roadmap for ETW to follow to create resources for school districts who wish to implement dual enrollment. Learn more and apply →


“I learned to connect the inequities faced by marginalized people to actionable goals that make meaningful change through policy reform and advocacy. I think being an effective leader within California’s system requires an understanding of the entire system. ETW is aware of the history of the education system and the key actors. In identifying the important factors ETW creates a strategy for advocating for change. I learned that as a leader it is important for me to act with intention and strategy down to refining what personal core values motivate my desire to continue to lead within the P-16 education system.”

Darielle Blevins, Early Learning Fellow, Summer 2019


The Education Trust-West is committed to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, age, or veteran status.

Studies have shown that women and people of color are less likely to apply for jobs unless they believe they meet every one of the qualifications as described in a job description. We are most interested in finding the best candidate for the job, and that candidate may be one who comes from a less traditional background. If that is you, don’t hesitate to apply and tell us about yourself!




Mission: The Education Trust–West (ETW) works for the educational justice and the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color, English learners, and low-income students from their peers, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps. We work alongside schools, districts, college campuses, and higher education institutions to understand and evaluate the effectiveness of reform strategies intended to reduce and eliminate achievement and opportunity gaps. We use lessons learned in these efforts, together with unflinching data analyses, to drive a state and national conversation about how our P-16 education system can better serve all students. To learn more, please visit

LocationOakland, CA

Salary: $7,200 for 10 weeks of work

Start dateJune 2020


  1. Submit your application by our priority deadline of February 9, 2020.
  2. Please combine your cover letter and resume into one file
  3. Title the combined file the position + your last name: e.g. “Digital_Lopez”
  4. Upload that combined file under “Resume.”If you are interested in applying for multiple Fellowships, please submit a separate application for each with a customized cover letter pertaining to the specific fellowship for which you are applying.

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Dr. Elisha Smith Arrillaga

Executive Director

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Andy Wong

Andy Wong

Director of External Relations

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Erika Oseguera

Erika Oseguera

Director of Planning, Grants, and Administration

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Dr. Christopher Nellum

Dr. Christopher Nellum

Deputy Director, Research & Policy

Dr. Christopher Nellum is the Deputy Director of Research and Policy at The Education Trust—West, a civil rights and…

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