Senior Educator Engagement Associate
Jana Luft (she/her/hers) joins the Education Trust–West as a Senior Educator Engagement Associate. She brings experience as a teacher, grant-maker, parent, and advocate for public schools. She most recently worked as a program officer on the STEM team at the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation, where she co-led a multi-year initiative to strengthen teacher preparation across the California State University system and disseminate and scale effective strategies. Before that, Jana worked as an education specialist, supporting students with learning differences and collaborating with general education teachers and families to ensure the success of students. She previously volunteered as a mentor to first generation college-bound students through ScholarMatch and First Graduate. She received a Bachelor of Arts in sociology from Wesleyan University and a Masters of Arts in learning and instruction from the University of San Francisco.
Jana’s commitment to educational justice is rooted in her experience as a special education teacher at a large public high school where she saw the stark differences between the experiences of different students based on race, class, disability, and English learner status. She is passionate about supporting educators and system leaders to shift practices and policies to advance equity.