Webinar: Money Matters: Understanding and Advocating for Educational Equity and Justice in CA’s 2019-2020 State Budget


Newly-elected Governor Gavin Newsom recently released his January 2019-2020 State Budget proposal, one of the first important reflections of his education policy priorities. As the budget process continues, advocates have an opportunity to engage in the process to ensure the education proposals are as equitable as possible. Our webinar covers the following topics:

  • What are the Governor’s education budget proposals for this year?
  • What will the budget process look like from this point until it’s finalized in July?
  • What opportunities are there for advocates to engage in the process and influence the final budget?

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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.