Educator Engagement Associate
Camille Medrano (she/her/hers) joins the Education Trust—West as an Educator Engagement Associate. From her experiences navigating the education system in direct service roles across education, and through graduate studies in education policy, she found purpose in working towards educational justice and opportunity for all students.
Prior to joining the Education Trust—West, Camille worked to engage undergraduate students in service as a Los Angeles-based recruiter for City Year, leaning into her experience as a City Year AmeriCorps Member alumni. Her first role out of college was serving with City Year Los Angeles where she built relationships with students and partnerships with teachers which initiated her interest in education policy and systems change. Camille continued working with students, families, and school staff as a college advisor with USC College Advising Corps, where she built expertise in college access by supporting first-generation, low-income, and underrepresented high school students in pursuing their post-secondary goals. She relocated to Seattle, WA for graduate studies in Education Policy at the University of Washington, where many of her projects focused on closing opportunity gaps in college access for students of color. Camille worked on campus in the Community Engagement and Leadership Education Center developing programming and supporting undergraduate students through their internships with community-based organizations. Additionally, she worked with Washington STEM as a Policy and Advocacy Intern supporting research, partnership, and advocacy efforts for the organization’s cradle-to-career approach toward equity in STEM education. Upon completion of her graduate studies, she came home to Southern California and returned to City Year, creating a full-circle in her previous professional experiences.
She is a proud first-generation college graduate with a B.A. in English and Communication from UC Davis and M.Ed. in Education Policy from the University of Washington.