Strategic Advisors


The Education Trust–West’s Strategic Advisor Council comprises civil rights, education, public policy, business, and community leaders with demonstrated commitment to educational equity. By working closely with our Executive Director, our Strategic Advisors serve as critical thought partners and community connectors by providing professional expertise, knowledge of constituent perspectives, and connections to local and national resources and networks. The Strategic Advisor Council lends additional layers of diversity and provides new views for and with Ed Trust–West, including public policy, narrative change, and community engagement. In addition to serving as ambassadors and advocates in the community, Ed Trust–West’s Strategic Advisors weigh in on the organization’s strategic planning and priorities, financial sustainability, and amplification of work across the state.

New Advisors

Justin Blakely

Public Policy Associate
Crystal Stairs, Inc.

Kylie Campbell

Director, Outreach Services & Early College
Kern Community College District

Julian Glover

Anchor and Race/Culture Reporter
ABC7 News Bay Area

Daisy Gonzales, Ph.D.

Interim Chancellor
California Community Colleges

Felicia Jones

Deputy Director/Chief Strategist
Congregations Organized for Prophetic Engagement

Alvin Hong Lee

Executive Director
GENup (Generation Up)

John R. Lee

Vice President, Programs and Education
TGR Foundation

Elodia Ortega-Lampkin

Superintendent
Woodland Joint Unified School District

Alex Serna

Chief Program Officer
Breakthrough Collaborative

Returning Advisors

Jose Atilio Hernandez

Founder & Managing Principal
IDEATE California

Pamela Burdman

Executive Director
Just Equations

Xilonin Cruz-Gonzalez

Deputy Director
Californians Together

Michal Kurlaender, Ph.D.

Professor (UC Davis) & Co-Director (PACE)
UC Davis School of Education & Policy Analysis for California Education (PACE)

Feliza Ortiz-Licon, Ed.D.

Chief of Staff
New Teacher Center (NTC)

Vickie Ramos Harris

Director of Educational Equity
Catalyst California

Andrea Venezia, Ph.D.

Senior Principal Research Scientist and Director
College and Career Pathways Program, SRI Education