The Education Trust—West Applauds Governor Brown for Signing Assembly Bill 2160

OAKLAND, CA (September 29, 2014) – Valerie Cuevas, Interim Executive Director of The Education Trust—West, issued the following statement in response to Governor Brown signing AB 2160 (Ting), which was sponsored by The Education Trust—West:

“The Education Trust—West is thrilled by Governor Brown’s signing of AB 2160, and would like to thank Assemblymember Phil Ting (D-San Francisco) for being a tireless advocate on behalf of students. As a result of years of research and analysis, and successful advocacy, thousands of California students will obtain the financial aid they need to go to college. This new law will require public high schools to submit grade point averages for 12th graders to the California Student Aid Commission for the purposes of the Cal Grant application. It will also give high school counselors more time to work directly with students, rather than filling out forms to verify grade point averages. These combined benefits will be especially helpful to students whose parents may be unfamiliar with college admissions and financial aid processes.

AB 2160 is the product of a successful partnership with the California Student Aid Commission, and support from colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, school boards and school business officials, and student groups. The Education Trust—West plans to continue working with these groups to improve access to higher education for disadvantaged students.”


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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.