Annie Song, Ed.D.

2023-24 Year 1 Members

Annie Song (she/her/hers) is a second-generation Korean-American educator and literacy advocate from the beautifully diverse San Gabriel Valley. Currently, she is an adjunct faculty member teaching Reading Methods courses to pre-service teachers at CSU Los Angeles and the Los Angeles County Office of Education. Annie is also a student pursuing her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership at Cal Poly Pomona with a research focus on teacher positionality, preparation, and development in teaching literacy in multicultural and multilingual communities. She has been a classroom teacher in both mainstream and dual-language TK-8th grade settings and a literacy and reading specialist for 15 years. She transitioned to teacher preparation in higher education with the goal of contributing to transforming how to prepare diverse teacher candidates for the diverse student population in California- specifically developing access and inclusion to equitable and responsive literacy instruction and practices. She received her BA in Liberal Studies at UC Riverside and earned her MS in Education (Reading) at CSU Fullerton. She is honored to be part of the EAC and among so many educational changemakers.


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.