External Relations Manager
Joshua J. Prudhomme (he/him/his) strongly believes in the collective power of people to co-create a reimagined world where we all thrive. He is a servant leader, community-driven educational advocate, educational policy researcher, and youth services professional. Grounded in humanizing and emancipatory perspectives, his work centers the pressing and often unmet needs of historically discriminated and multiply marginalized communities.
Joshua joins the Education Trust–West (ETW) as an External Relations Manager based in the Greater Los Angeles area. In this role, he contributes to cross-cutting campaigns and initiatives that place equity at the center. Joshua works intentionally with community partners and stakeholders to cultivate authentic mutually reciprocal relationships and advance educational equity through local and state advocacy.
Throughout his career, Joshua has had the honor of uplifting and supporting community-based organizations and civil rights groups that are dedicated to reducing and eliminating opportunity gaps experienced by low-income, students of color, foster youth, English learners, students with disabilities, and systems-impacted youth. Most recently, he contributed research support and strategic planning to the California Association of African-American Superintendents & Administrators’ (CAAASA) National Coalition on Education Equity. He also served as co-founder and co-director of a grassroots parent and educator advocacy collective that focused on raising awareness and building capacity toward addressing the inequities experienced by Black families and students of color in Los Angeles schools.
Joshua earned a B.A. in Psychology with honors from the University of San Diego and studied stereotype threat among low-income students of color as a Ronald E. McNair scholar. Currently, Joshua is a Ph.D. candidate in educational foundations, policy, and practice at the University of Colorado Boulder. He is working on his dissertation which critically examines the underlying racialized structures that shape state educational equity policies and law and their implications for Black American and students of color.
Joshua is deeply called to the work of improving low-income students of color and communities’ opportunities to learn, succeed, and thrive. He considers it a blessing to become a member of the Education Trust–West’s team of brilliant and fierce advocates for racial justice and equity in California’s education systems.