Research and Data Analyst
Christa Koppuzha (she/her/hers) was raised by Indian immigrants who instilled the value and power of education in her from a young age. Throughout her academic career, she became aware of the potential of literature as a tool for social justice, and later sought to create spaces for her students to explore their identities and challenge dominant structures as an English and English Language Development Teacher in Richmond, California. While she was a teacher, Christa saw the glaring inequities present in the education system and worked with a local education policy non-profit to explore the disparities in a-g achievement among English Language Learners and propose a policy change to the West Contra Costa School Board. Her interest in the intersection between education and policy led her to the Education Trust–West, where she served as the School District Engagement Intern under the Educator Engagement Team. Christa continued to explore systemic practices that further education equity while pursuing her Master’s in Public Policy at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley. During graduate school, Christa worked as a graduate student instructor and served as a policy consultant for the Alameda County Office of Early Childhood Education, the Oakland Mayor’s Office of Education, and the UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools. She is excited to return to the Education Trust-West as a Research and Data Analyst. She earned her B.A. in English and International Development from the University of Florida.