Amber Bradley, Ed.D.

2023-24 Alumni Members

Dr. Amber Bradley (she/her/hers) is a social science teacher who has gained knowledge about our public schools’ workings for the past decade. She strives to build classroom community and help schools develop a path to creating safe learning spaces for all students. In her doctoral research, she studied school districts that began moving away from law enforcement and toward community-based models to ensure a positive learning environment and campus safety. Dr. Bradley earned her doctorate in Educational Leadership, a Master’s in Government from California State University Sacramento, and her Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the State University of New York at Purchase.


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.