The Education Trust–West Responds to California’s 2021 Recall Election Results


For Immediate Release
September 15, 2021

Mariel Matze, [email protected]


The Education Trust–West Responds to California’s 2021 Recall Election Results

Oakland, CA — Dr. Christopher J. Nellum, Executive Director of The Education Trust–West, issued the following statement in response to the results of the 2021 gubernatorial recall election:

The Education Trust–West congratulates Governor Newsom on defeating the recall. We’re glad for the opportunity to continue to partner with the Governor and his staff, who have proven to be strong allies of the state’s students of color and those experiencing poverty.

This spring, Governor Newsom championed a historic state budget — one as remarkable for its emphasis on equity as for its sheer size. Its passage this summer solidified milestone victories for students of color and those from lower-income backgrounds, including Phase 1 of the Cradle-to-Career Data System and a requirement that high schools ensure every high school senior applies for financial aid. Further, the budget funded and supported vital solutions like community schools, teacher workforce development, basic needs resources, and expanded childcare options. Through bold actions like these, the Governor has proven that he knows how important centering educational opportunities for all Californians is to the state’s recovery.

While we are grateful to the Governor for standing with California’s most vulnerable students and families, budget approval is only one step. We look forward to continuing to work with the Newsom administration to ensure proposals adopted in the budget become a reality.


About The Education Trust–West

The Education Trust–West works for educational justice and the high academic achievement of all students at all levels, pre-K through college, in the state of California. We expose opportunity and achievement gaps that separate students of color and low-income students from other youth, and we identify and advocate for the strategies that will forever close those gaps.


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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.