Webinar: Money Matters – Understanding & Advocating for Education Equity and Justice in California’s 2024-25 State Budget


Thank you to everyone who joined EdTrust-West’s Policy and Government Relations team on February 29, 2024, for an insightful discussion on the Governor’s budget proposals for the 2024-25 fiscal year. Our webinar aimed to equip education advocates with the knowledge needed to understand the potential impacts of these proposals on students of color and low-income students in both TK-12 and higher education sectors.

We delved into the details of the budget process from now until the final approval in June and explored how advocates can effectively engage and influence the outcome.

The recording and slides are available below for those who missed the webinar or would like to revisit the discussions. These resources provide insights and guidance on how you can advocate for educational equity and justice in our state’s budgeting process.

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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.