Catherine Jermany

2023-24 Year 2 Members

Catherine Jermany (she/her) is a higher education professional who currently serves as the Program Director of the Black Resource Center at California State University, Dominguez Hills. In addition, she teaches part-time in the Africana Studies Department at both California State University, Dominguez Hills, and California State University, Northridge. Catherine has over seven years of professional experience within the area of student affairs and has held various student services roles within the functional areas of advising, financial aid, student life, and multicultural affairs. Catherine is a proud first-generation college student who began her journey at Santa Rosa Junior College where she earned her A.A. in social and behavioral sciences. She then went on to earn both her Bachelor’s in child and adolescent Development and Master’s in counseling with a concentration in college counseling/student services from California State University, Northridge and will be completing her Ed.D. in higher education administration from The University of Southern Mississippi in December 2022. Catherine looks forward to learning more about policies that address diversity, equity, inclusion, and access in higher education and is excited to continue her advocacy work through her role with The Education Trust-West’s Educator Advisory Council.

 

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.