Alyssa Schamber

Development Associate

Alyssa joins EdTrust-West as a Development Associate with a marketing and community outreach background. Her position at EdTrust-West involves supporting fundraising efforts and Salesforce implementation.

Alyssa gained her passion for education and equity while enrolled in a high school STEM program for students of color called SMASH Academy. Most recently, Alyssa has worked in the environmental space, promoting access to sustainable resources and helping businesses make their processes more efficient. Some notable experiences include interning with an environmental nonprofit organization in San Diego called Clear Blue Sea, where she focused on outreach within the community to assess the impact of COVID-19 on local businesses’ sustainable efforts.

California has been Alyssa’s home since birth, and she is excited to help the community and spheres that have helped shape her lifelong experience. She graduated from UC San Diego with a BS in Environmental Systems – Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution and a minor in Korean Studies.


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  • Oakland, CA

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.