Data For The People Equity Alert: What’s Next for California’s Cradle to Career Data System


California is celebrating an important win, as Governor Newsom and state legislators included millions of dollars in establishing a new Cradle to Career data system in the 2019-2020 State Budget. Advocates have called for accessible and actionable data for years, and this investment is a step toward fulfilling that need.

What’s next for the data system is crucial – as state leaders prepare to convene a workgroup and seek consultation from advisory groups, it is important to hold these groups accountable for ensuring the data system is centered in equity and community voice. Our latest equity alert takes a look at the 5 key equity principles we identified for a data system, and assesses what’s needed next to make sure the Cradle to Career system is truly equity-driven. Check out the alert for more on how advocates can participate in this next phase of implementation.

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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.